Fighting for reproductive justice in a sea of reaction

first_imgA pro-choice law was proposed in Congress in 2013 with by-partisan support, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013. As Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) wrote in a Nov. 13 op-ed posted on the Huffington Post blog, the law is needed “to stop states from subjecting reproductive health care providers to meet burdensome requirements that are not applied to medical professionals providing similar services.” Its purpose — “to protect a woman’s right to determine whether and when to bear a child or end a pregnancy by limiting restrictions on the provision of abortion services” — is based on the due process and equal protection clauses in the 14th Amendment.Though the national organizations that traditionally defend and promote reproductive rights oppose all attacks on abortion rights and support the WHPA, they offer few other concrete solutions. They do mount pro-choice demonstrations in states against specific attacks, as they did in North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Michigan last year. They also rely on social media to activate a strong pro-choice response to hostile legislation throughout the country.There has not been a national mobilization in Washington, D.C., in defense of choice since 2004 largely because groups that have organized them depend on voluntary contributions and demonstrations cost millions of dollars. Nowadays groups are pouring funding into filing lawsuits in various states and promoting activism in local areas, as they did in Albuquerque, N.M., last year where they helped overturn a 20-week abortion ban.But that’s not enough to turn back the reactionary onslaught, which is showing its ugly, racist, sexist, anti-lesbian-gay-bi-trans-queer, anti-labor, anti-poor, pro-rich, pro-austerity, undemocratic face throughout the land. What’s needed is to draw lessons from successful movements in the past, like the massive Civil Rights Movement led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.During this King holiday, it’s timely to remember that women protesting in the streets for legal abortion propelled the Republican-majority court to decide in favor of Roe in 1973. So it’s time for women rights’ activists to join with all groups under attack — all low-wage workers in fast food restaurant and retail jobs as well as bank tellers and airport workers, all workers fighting for unemployment and union rights, and all those in low-income and oppressed communities fighting for their very survival —  in a massive people’s power movement.Only a united movement can make power to the people — and reproductive justice — a global reality.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Michigan residents march in Detroit to defend women’s rights, 2007. WW photo: Cheryl LaBashWhat is the state of abortion rights in the United States on Jan. 22, the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion?Not good. NARAL Pro-Choice America’s national report card for reproductive rights in 2014 gave the U.S. a grade of D. Last year, 52 laws restricting abortion rights were passed in 24 states, and a Supreme Court case, introduced Jan. 15, threatens safe access to women’s health clinics.A total of 807 anti-choice laws have been passed by states since 1995, with more than 200 since 2011. In its Jan. 14 “State of the States” report,  the Center for Reproductive Rights divides restrictions into four categories: limits on insurance coverage, bans on abortion care, targeted regulations on abortion providers, and restrictions on medical (prescription) abortions.NARAL’s 102-page report, “Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States,” details each state’s status. While 10 states enacted 16 pro-choice measures last year, 14 states have total bans on abortion rights, 12 of which were enacted before the Roe decision in 1973. These laws would immediately take effect if Roe is overturned.Twelve states already had bans on abortions after 20 weeks without an adequate health exception; they were joined by Texas and North Dakota in 2013. Arkansas passed a ban after 12 weeks. All bans defy standards set by the Roe ruling.Congress debated 87 anti-choice bills in 2013, many related to gutting abortion and contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act. Fortunately, all were defeated. (For details, see CRR’s study, “Under Attack: Reproductive Rights in the 112th Congress.”)However, two congressional actions severely limited reproductive rights: food stamps cut by the sequester and long-term unemployment insurance ending in 2013. Reproductive justice is based on the premise that all women, regardless of nationality, class, gender or sexual identity, and various abilities, must have the right to have and raise healthy children as well as to control all aspects of their own lives. Being able to feed and provide for themselves and their children is essential to ensure those rights.More of the same in 2014On Jan. 13, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a federal court ruling rejecting Arizona’s 20-week ban on abortions. It’s not clear how this will affect bans in other states, though it might encourage new lawsuits opposing them.On Jan. 15, the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against a Massachusetts law that established a 35-foot buffer zone around women’s health care clinics. Marty Walz, of Massachusetts Planned Partenthood, told NPR Jan. 15 that “nothing else in our 30-year history has worked” to keep anti-choice protesters from harassing clients and staff when entering or leaving clinics.It must be remembered that two clinic workers were murdered and five injured in 1994 at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Brookline, Mass. Walz noted buffer zones are around all polling places as well as the Supreme Court. The court approved a clinic zone in 2000, though its composition is now more anti-choice.On Jan. 17, a federal court blocked a demeaning, medically unnecessary ultrasound law in North Carolina. The law required that doctors show women seeking an abortion an ultrasound picture  and describe the fetus in detail to shame women into canceling their abortion.Congress initiated its first 2014 anti-choice measure on Jan. 15 when the House Judiciary Committee passed HR7, which would ensure abortions are not directly funded by any federal program or department. Since 1977, the Hyde Amendment has denied Medicaid coverage for abortions for poor women, who are disproportionately women of color, rural and young. By imposing new requirements in the tax code and on the private insurance market — that eliminate deductions for abortion services — it would impose sweeping restrictions that make abortions less affordable for all.But the law’s most controversial provision — the most vicious, invasive attack of women — would require the Internal Revenue Service to conduct audits of rape and incest victims who have abortions and women who have abortions for life-threatening complications to ensure they’re not committing tax fraud. That means the IRS would have the final say over what “counts” as a sexual assault or a life-threatening situation, forcing women to prove their case. Only the most profoundly misogynous, reactionary minds could dream up such a draconian anti-woman law.What is to be done?last_img read more

U.S. life expectancy under capitalism continues to drop

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its latest numbers for life expectancy in the U.S. on Nov. 28, and the news reveals a disturbing pattern. Few researchers were surprised that U.S. average life expectancy slipped another tenth of a year to reach 78.6 years. This indicates that drug overdoses, suicides and other preventable or treatable conditions have continued to grow. (tinyurl.com/y9g3kawy)Indeed, if not for scientific and technological advancements in treating heart disease, cancer and cigarette addiction, life expectancy would be even lower. As the economic situation in the United States continues to deteriorate, so will people’s prospects for living happy, healthy and long lives, no matter the advanced treatments offered in private hospitals with the best health care services. It’s worth noting where these numbers emerge from and how they are used. In certain parts of the United States, life expectancy is quite high. Wealthier, mainly white families can afford access to both quality health care and healthy environments. They have access to better food, cleaner water, gyms, yoga studios and personal trainers. They can afford access to psychiatrists and detox facilities. They can afford good lawyers to make sure their children get detox and rehab and not jail time. In other parts of the country, such as rural areas, non-white-majority urban areas, Indigenous reservations, prisons and generally impoverished areas, the situation is the opposite. Racism and class war have resulted in a disproportionate body count in these parts of the country. People struggle for access to everything that keeps them healthy and happy. Their jobs are more dangerous, more scarce and paid with poverty wages. Because of their race, gender or class, they do not have access to health care or healthy environments. Life expectancy doesn’t necessarily mean that people will start dying at 78.6 years of age. Rather, it’s an assessment of how likely a person is able to survive events such as infancy and childhood, giving birth, illness, crime and accidents. Some older people will live into their second century thanks to advances in medical science and health care, but most of them will survive so long because they can afford to. The poor and oppressed are left to die from preventable conditions. This is why Black women are more than twice as likely to die from childbirth in the United States. This is why life expectancy for Black men is 71.5 years (tinyurl.com/ybto9ax8), and for Indigenous Lakota people on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River reservations it’s a staggering 50 years! (tinyurl.com/y9dyp6gl)The U.S. spends more per capita on health care than any other country globally, but this money mainly circulates among insurance companies, big pharma and lobbying firms to increase their profits. The same amount of money spent on the poor or on universal health care would bankrupt Wall Street, but increase life expectancy across all sectors. In countries that have universal, free health care, life expectancy rates are much higher, such as in Canada (82.3 years) and the United Kingdom (80.9 years), but even they are stalling. In the UK, life expectancy has stopped growing altogether. (tinyurl.com/y9asft2u) This is a result of austerity eating away at working-class gains. Housing has become increasingly tenuous, and rough sleepers are filling doorways, decreasing their quality of life. Socialist planning extends, saves livesWhile people in capitalist countries continue to suffer and decline, in socialist countries like Cuba, life expectancy not only grows, but grows evenly across all communities. Recent innovations there in cancer vaccines mean hope for people suffering from lung and skin cancers. Cuban treatment for gender dysphoria for trans and gender nonconforming people is both groundbreaking and lifesaving. Cuba sends its doctors to work in underserved communities around the world and trains doctors free of charge from all over the world, including the U.S., if they are willing to use those skills back home in poor communities. It’s no surprise that Cuban life expectancy is higher than in the U.S. Despite the U.S. blockade and constant attacks on their sovereignty, Cubans born in 2018 can expect to live 79 years. (tinyurl.com/7q49mpl)After the collapse of the Soviet Union and during the era of arch-clown and puppet Boris Yeltsin, life expectancy for formerly Soviet men fell an astonishing 9 years over the course of about a decade. (tinyurl.com/yamxveug) Mass privatization, widespread unemployment and the harrowing reality of what life is like in the “free” capitalist world drove millions to an early death by alcohol and suicide. But despite the restoration of capitalism in Russia, there is a rising life expectancy rate of Russia under Vladimir Putin. Global warming and the increasing inability for capital to find the profit it needs to sustain itself are time bombs that will need to be defused before they explode. Racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia are the tools used to control and terrorize the people, but they cannot save capitalism. The CDC’s report isn’t widespread news to most people suffering under capitalism and U.S. imperialism. It’s just a somber affirmation of what a growing number of workers and oppressed peoples, especially young people, already know — we must abolish a for-profit system which seeks to kill us and emulate that which gives life.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New Monsanto Program to Fund Corn Rootworm Research

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News New Monsanto Program to Fund Corn Rootworm Research Previous articleUSDA Changes Release Time of Key Statistical ReportsNext article“Ethanol’s Lost Promise” Report Disputed Andy Eubank New Monsanto Program to Fund Corn Rootworm Research Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Sep 19, 2012 SHARE Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) has pledged up to $3 million dollars to support academic research on corn rootworm. The Corn Rootworm (CRW) Knowledge Research Program will provide merit-based awards of up to $250,000 per year for up to three years for outstanding research projects that address specific aspects of corn rootworm biology, genomics and management issues.Corn rootworm is one of the most damaging pests on the farm. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has estimated that the damage caused by the pest and costs associated with controlling it typically total $1 billion annually – including approximately $800 million in yield loss and $200 million in treatment expenses.The CRW Knowledge Research Program is guided by a 10-person Advisory Committee that is co-chaired by Dr. Steve Pueppke, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and AgBioResearch Director at Michigan State University, and Dr. Dusty Post, Monsanto’s global insect management lead. Additional committee members include experts from academia and agricultural organizations, and were selected based on their expertise in corn rootworm biology and insect management practices.“This program will focus the efforts of our best public sector researchers on one of the most damaging pests of corn, in the process ensuring that management practices will be effective and sustainable for the benefit of corn producers,” said Pueppke.“We encourage researchers to submit their proposals on corn rootworm,” said Post. “We believe it is critical to work together to build upon and expand on corn rootworm research to combat this challenging pest. By working collaboratively we can enhance the collective understanding of corn rootworm while providing economical, practical and sustainable solutions for farmers.”Researchers may submit proposals in the areas of corn crop rootworm management; economic impacts of agronomic practices, including control of corn rootworm; corn rootworm biology, physiology, biochemistry and genomics; and corn rootworm education development. Other types of research may also be considered.Applicants and other interested parties should visit www.Monsanto.com/CRWknowledge for additional information, key dates and instructions on how to apply.Source: Monsanto SHARElast_img read more

Men’s tennis ramps up for road trip against Tulane, USF

first_imgAnother series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Linkedin TCU News Now 4/28/2021 The team will look to carry their success in Chicago on the road this weekend. Photo by Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ + posts Twitter Previous articleBaseball continues strong hitting in win over Abilene ChristianNext articleHoroscope: February 21, 2019 Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Linkedin Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Facebook printReese Stalder (left) and Bertus Kruger (right) celebrate winning a point during their doubles match against Florida on Feb 10, 2019. Photo by Jack WallaceAfter an impressive showing at the ITA Men’s National Indoor Championships, the No. 13 Horned Frogs look ahead to two matchups at Tulane and the University of South Florida (USF) this upcoming weekend.The Frogs finished 2-1 in Chicago, downing No. 3 Mississippi State and No. 7 UCLA, while falling to No. 8 North Carolina, bringing their overall record to 6-3.TulaneThe Tulane Green Wave made an appearance with TCU in the ITA tournament and placed at the No. 16 seed, just below the Frogs.Tulane did not fare as well as TCU, as they fell in three-consecutive matches to Ohio State, Stanford and Illinois to complete a now six match losing streak.The poor tournament performance dropped the Green Wave down from No. 19 to No. 30 in this week’s national rankings.Despite the streak, the Green Wave have an undefeated home record, including wins over No. 18 Tennessee and No. 19 Florida State.Tulane traveled to TCU last year, which resulted in a 6-1 TCU win, and this marks the first time the Frogs will head to New Orleans to face the Green Wave.“They know us well,” head coach David Roditi said. “I expect an absolute war. I know what we’re gonna get, we’re gonna get a really hungry team that’s going to want to beat us.”Tulane’s top players include No. 70 Luis Erlenbusch and No. 88 Ewan Moore.Luis Erlenbusch will need to escape his losing streak to help the Green Wave avoid defeat against the TCU Horned Frogs. Photo courtesy of TulaneGreenWave.comErlenbusch and Moore combine for an 8-10 record but started 7-1 in Tulane’s first four games, each of which accounted for a win. They have finished 1-9 in their last six matches, all losses for the Green Wave. Bulls Look to Continue Home StampedeThe South Florida Bulls have had a season of streaks, winning two, losing four straight, and then winning their latest two for a 4-4 start.The Bulls have played against two mutual opponents of the Frogs, falling to Baylor and No. 3 Mississippi State in identical 6-1 losses.USF still has two matches to be played before facing the Horned Frogs, hosting the Charlotte 49ers and Mercer Bears the weekend before TCU comes to Tampa.TCU has faced USF in each of the last five seasons, winning all five. Alberto Barroso-Campos looks to cause an upset at the No. 1 singles spot against the TCU Horned Frogs. Photo courtesy of GoUSFBulls.com“We’re going to get their best,” Roditi said. “We’ll be fully prepared for them.”The Bull’s top player to watch is No. 25 Alberto Barroso-Campos, who is 7-1, including the single win in a 6-1 loss against Baylor. He has also posted wins over Penn State and Georgia State, another two matches USF lost as a team. Who to Watch:Bertus Kruger won Big 12 Player of the Week and received great praise from Roditi for his efforts in Chicago. He’s the second Frog to receive this honor, after Alex Rybakov earned the honor for his performance during the week of Jan 15.Bertus Kruger prepares a serve in his singles match against Florida on Feb. 10, 2019. Photo by Jack Wallace“If I had to name an MVP for this tournament, it’s Bertus Kruger,” Roditi said. “I believe I’m not the only one who thinks this. It’s a big highlight for us, not just Bertus, but the bottom of our lineup.”Kruger, with senior Reese Stalder, defeated the No. 6 doubles team from Mississippi State in his biggest upset of the year.TCU’s match against Tulane will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday in New Orleans, and the team will travel to Tampa for a 1:30 p.m. matchup against USF on Tuesday. Facebook Jack Wallace last_img read more

Judge Dismisses Most Claims Against Bank of America in RMBS Suit

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Share Save Previous: Ratings Agency Lowers Ocwen’s Risk Assessment Rankings, Citing Regulatory Troubles Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 2/9/2015 Judge Dismisses Most Claims Against Bank of America in RMBS Suit Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Judge Dismisses Most Claims Against Bank of America in RMBS Suit The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Bank of America Prudential Financial Residential Mortgage-backed securities RMBS  Print This Post Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago A federal judge in New Jersey dismissed most of a lawsuit filed by Prudential Financial Inc. against Bank of America which claimed the North Carolina-based megabank sold them more than $1.9 billion worth of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, according to multiple media reports on Friday.U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark ruled that Prudential failed to show sufficient proof that Bank of America and its Merrill Lynch misrepresented the quality of its loans backing securities to ratings agencies, according to reports.Prudential claimed in the lawsuit that Bank of America was guilty of “wide-ranging fraud” that left Prudential with “countless” bad securities that led to foreclosure or default. Chesler dismissed most of Prudential’s claims with prejudice, according to reports. He did rule that Prudential could re-submit a claim involving 21 securitizations where Bank of America acted as underwriter but not as a sponsor or issuer.Chesler said in his ruling that Prudential could not rely on “after the fact” computer analysis to determine that Bank of America knew at the time that the property appraisals for 54 securitizations it issued from 2004 to 2007 were being misrepresented.Spokespeople from both Prudential and Bank of America declined to comment on the suit and the judge’s ruling.Bank of America has had its share of legal troubles over RMBS in the last year. In August 2014, the bank entered into a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for record $16.65 billion over the packaging and selling of toxic mortgage-backed securities that led to the financial crisis. Earlier this week, a federal judge in Manhattan denied the bank’s request to remove a $1.27 billion penalty imposed in July 2014 for a government lawsuit against the bank which accused its Countrywide unit of fraud with regards to mortgage-backed securities. Sign up for DS News Daily Bank of America Prudential Financial Residential Mortgage-backed securities RMBS 2015-02-06 Brian Honea About Author: Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago February 6, 2015 1,020 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Thousands of Denver public school teachers go on strike in fight for higher pay

first_imgmartinedoucet/iStock(DENVER) — Thousands of public school teachers in Denver walked off their jobs on Monday and formed picket lines for the first time in 25 years to demand higher wages and stem the tide of educators they say are going to neighboring school district to boost their pay.Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association wearing “Red for Ed” T-shirts under or over bulky jackets kicked off their strike at 7 a.m. local time, forming picket lines around schools in the bone-chilling 21-degree weather and chanting, “If they won’t pay us, shut it down.”“I’m anxious, scared, but I’m also angry and I think a lot of us are angry. We have had enough,” Laurel Davis, a second-grade teacher at Bill Roberts Elementary School, told ABC affiliate station KMGH-TV.The teachers’ union broke off negotiations on Saturday after spending 15 months trying to come to an agreement with the Denver Public School District to significantly increase teachers’ salaries to compete with surrounding school districts.There are about 5,600 teachers who work at the district’s 160 schools. It was unclear how many signed in at picket lines.School district officials claimed that only about 2,100 teachers called in absent on Monday, a number that was disputed by the union.The Denver School District has hired hundreds of substitute teacher to keep classrooms open for 92,000 students in the district.The union is proposing a $28.5 million in teacher compensation while the school district’s latest offer came to $23.3 million. Union representatives say the district’s offer ties raises to bonuses and credits for teachers who further their education or work in high-poverty schools.“We feel like it’s been a game they’ve been playing with us for months,” said Davis.For veteran high school math teacher Kathleen Braun, it will be her third strike in the Denver School district in 50 years. Braun joined teachers on picket lines in 1969 and again in 1994.“What we’re really talking about is can a teacher work full-time and do what is necessary for our students?” Braun told KMGH.Union representatives claim many teachers have to work extra jobs just to make ends meet, or leave the district for higher paying jobs in neighboring school districts.“We think it’s important that DPS sees and knows and understands what it’s like not to have teachers in the classroom every day because they need us,” Rob Gould, lead negotiator for the teachers’ union, said at a news conference Monday morning.Henry Ramon, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, said he hopes the walkout will be brief. The union plans to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday.“We really need a cooling off period for both sides to come to the table with proposals that really benefit everybody,” Ramon said Monday. “Bonuses have really proven ineffective and our students are paying the price of this experiment.”The average starting pay for teachers in Denver is $43,255. The union is asking that starting pay be boosted to $45,800.Union representatives say starting pay at the neighboring Westminster Public School District is about $50,000.“We’re looking for a fair and reliable pay system that actually retains teachers in Denver,” Gould said. “We’ve had a 20 percent turnover rate year after year. The district, they’ve been doubling down on these bonuses that are unreliable and they haven’t supported student needs.”Susana Cordova, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, said the district’s latest offer includes $2.5 million to boost overall teacher pay by cutting about 150 administrative jobs.Cordova said that under the district’s offer, all teachers would get an 11 percent raise next year.“Rather than sticking with it and figuring it out, I’m incredibly disappointed that they walked away,” Cordova said of the teacher’s union, according to KMGH-TV.Second-grade teacher Jaimie Jackson said she’ll stay on the picket line as long as it takes. She said she’s not just doing it for herself and other teachers, but also for her young daughter and other children in the school district.“I feel like I’m showing her what it means to stand up for what you believe in,” Jackson told KMGH. “And I’m showing her what it means to do what you need to do to elevate your profession.”The Denver teachers’ strike comes less than a month after 30,000 Los Angeles teachers went on strike for six days over funding and staffing at schools. The teachers approved a contract that hiked their pay by about 6 percent and achieved a commitment from the Los Angeles Unified School District to reduce class sizes over four years.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Idaho State looks to end streak vs Southern Utah

first_img Associated Press January 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local Idaho State looks to end streak vs Southern Utah Tags: Idaho State basketball/SUU Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailIdaho State (6-13, 3-7) vs. Southern Utah (12-8, 5-4)Centrum Arena, Cedar City, Utah; Saturday, 7 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: Southern Utah looks to extend Idaho State’s conference losing streak to six games. Idaho State’s last Big Sky win came against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 71-67 on Jan. 11. Southern Utah lost 75-65 loss at home against Weber State in its most recent game.BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Juniors Tarik Cool and Chier Maker have led the Bengals. Cool is averaging 13.2 points while Maker is putting up 12.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The Thunderbirds have been anchored by Cameron Oluyitan and John Knight III, who have combined to score 26 points per contest.TERRIFIC TARIK: Cool has connected on 32.9 percent of the 79 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 19 over his last five games. He’s also converted 75.3 percent of his foul shots this season.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Bengals have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Thunderbirds. Southern Utah has 37 assists on 84 field goals (44 percent) over its previous three outings while Idaho State has assists on 33 of 71 field goals (46.5 percent) during its past three games.GETTING DEFENSIVE: The stout Southern Utah defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 38.6 percent, the 23rd-lowest mark in Division I. Idaho State has allowed opponents to shoot 46.6 percent through 19 games (ranking the Bengals 322nd).last_img read more

USS Mason Changes Command

first_img March 6, 2014 USS MASON DDG-87USS Mason (DDG 87) held a change of command ceremony on the ship’s flight deck, Feb. 28. View post tag: changes View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS Cmdr. Mikal Phillips relieved Cmdr. Wilson Marks as the commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer.“Today is a bittersweet day as I will be joining my wife and children in Virginia while leaving my Mason family behind,” said Marks. “It has been my distinct honor and privilege to serve as Mason’s captain. This crew has exceeded any expectation I ever had for a ship under my command. I leave knowing that Mason is in superb hands.”During the ceremony, Marks received the Meritorious Service Medal for his achievements while serving as Mason’s commanding officer from July 2012 to February 2014. He will report to Naval Surface Forces Atlantic in Norfolk.Phillips took command of Mason after serving a tour as the ship’s executive officer under Marks. “Cmdr. Marks’ passion and unwavering commitment to the mission and the crew has been inspirational to me during my time as Mason’s executive officer,” said Phillips. “I look forward to continuing the standard of excellence, pride and professionalism synonymous with Mason and her crew.”Phillips also remarked on the impact Marks had on the ship.“Cmdr. Marks has been an amazing leader and mentor,” said Phillips. “He has shown us aboard Mason that ‘Proudly We Serve’ is not just the ship’s motto, it is our way of life.”Mason is currently deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, March 6, 2014, 2014; Image: Wikimedia Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Mason Changes Command center_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Command View post tag: Navy USS Mason Changes Command View post tag: Mason Share this articlelast_img read more

Pearl Harbor-based Submarine Squadron 1 changes command

first_img Share this article Capt. Richard Seif was relieved by Capt. Wesley Bringham as commander of the US Navy’s Submarine Squadron 1 during a change of command ceremony at the historic submarine piers of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, January 8.Rear Adm. Daryl L. Caudle, commander, Submarine Force, US Pacific Fleet, was the guest speaker for the ceremony and commended Seif for his many accomplishments as commodore of Squadron 1.“It is one thing to have successful operations and impeccably maintained equipment, but to teach your CO’s how to build and leverage the intangibles that keep our Sailors ready, dedicated, and committed is a true testament to the focus and culture at Submarine Squadron 1,” said Caudle. “And that is something that starts at the top.”Caudle also welcomed Bringham back to Pearl Harbor and expressed his confidence in him as the new commander of Submarine Squadron 1.“Wes, I know you are passionate about developing future leaders. Therefore, I’m confident that your mentorship as commodore will lead your officers and Sailors to execute countless successful missions in our theaters of operation,” said Caudle. “Who knows, maybe one of those junior officers will follow in your footsteps to become the next Squadron 1 commander, just as you have.”During the ceremony, Caudle presented Seif with a Legion of Merit Medal for exceptionally meritorious conduct while serving as commander, Submarine Squadron 1 from January 2017 until January 2019.“To my staff, I say thank you,” said Seif. “Thank you for exceeding my expectations, helping boats solve problems before I knew they were problems, training and mentoring your counterparts, and all you did every day to make our boats successful and self-sufficient.”Submarine Squadron 1 was first established in May 1941 at New London, Connecticut. There were originally nineteen submarines in the squadron. On October 1, 1945, Submarine Squadron 1 moved to the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and remained there ever since. View post tag: Submarine Squadron 1 View post tag: US Navy Photo: Capt. Richard Seif addresses guests during the Submarine Squadron 1 change of command ceremony on the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Photo: US Navylast_img read more

Winter Storm Mostly a Dud in Ocean City

first_imgA dusting of snow had covered the Ocean City Boardwalk at Eighth Street by 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.After forecasts of as much of 14 inches of snow from a much-hyped Winter Storm “Juno,” Ocean City appears to have escaped the worst of the coastal blizzard.By 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, only a dusting had fallen on the island, and meteorologists were calling for an uncertain few more inches.The National Weather Service all along had warned that the track of the storm was uncertain, but when they upped their snowfall projections from about four inches to 14 inches on Monday, the Ocean City School District cancelled classes for all schools on Tuesday. The Ocean City Free Public Library and the Ocean City Municipal Court also announced closings for Tuesday.But the storm system tracked farther out to sea than anticipated, and it appears that New England will bear the brunt of the storm. Bands of snow could still affect Ocean City on Tuesday morning.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts__________A few flakes of snow fell at dawn on Monday, but the precipitation turned to rain for most of the day. The rain and wind grew stronger through the day but began to fade in the evening.Ocean City schools cancelled some after-school activities and rescheduled others on Monday. The Ocean City Police Department warned residents not to park on West Avenue, an emergency route, if snow covered the street.Forecasters also warned of moderate tidal flooding — even though the predicted tide levels were not particularly high at a period halfway between a new moon and full moon. But the northeast winds that were expected to create a storm surge of a few extra feet were not quite as strong as expected.One NOAA model projected a tide in Atlantic City approaching 7 feet on the mean low water scale. But the tide in Ocean City reached only 6.58 feet at the Bayside Center in Ocean City at 1:36 a.m.By comparison, the Dec. 9, 2014 nor’easter in Ocean City saw a peak MLW reading of 7.29 feet.See where this storm stacks up against others in terms of water level: Ocean City Record Flood Levels.Streets along the bay and on the low-lying Simpson and Haven avenues saw flooding in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, but nothing as severe as during a handful of other storms in the past year.The forecast calls for some chance of continued snow on Tuesday with a high temperature of 31 degrees. The low is expected to fall to 17 degrees on windy and cold Tuesday night.The sun will return on Wednesday with a high of 29 degrees, according to the NWS.Check back for photos and updates on the storm on Tuesday morning.last_img read more