Board rejects gay adoption lobbying

first_imgBoard rejects gay adoption lobbying Board rejects gay adoption lobbying Senior Editor Although no one defended the law, the Bar Board of Governors has said three sections cannot lobby to repeal a state law banning homosexuals from adopting because it is too divisive among Bar members.The board voted 31-13 at its December 10 meeting in Naples to accept the recommendation of the Legislative Committee and deny the request of the Family Law, Equal Opportunities Law, and Public Interest Law sections to seek to change the law. The three sections wanted to substitute a best-interest-of-the-child standard for the gay adoption ban.The board devoted almost two hours of debate to the issue.“No matter how you feel about this, pro or con, some things are obvious,” said board member Harold Melville. “This is a highly emotional issue. It’s a deeply philosophical issue and we are dealing with a [Bar] rule. That rule says if the issue carries the potential for deep philosophical or emotional division among a substantial segment of the membership, the section cannot be allowed to lobby for it.“The divisiveness [of the issue] is not a potential divisiveness; there is in fact a deep emotional and philosophical division among the members of the Bar.. . . We’re not talking about whether we think this is a good law or a bad law. We’re looking at our rules, and our rules say where there is the potential for deep division, the section must be prohibited from lobbying on it.”Board member Steve Chaykin disagreed. “This is as bigoted and repugnant a law as there is,” he said, adding if the term homosexual was replaced in the law with any ethnic, gender, or religious group there would be no question that the sections would be allowed to act. The issue, he said, is fair and equal access to the courts.“I am told that the argument [against the sections] is that the clause dealing with deep philosophical and emotional differences. . . is designed to protect the Bar from a structural integrity standpoint and to protect the Bar from its enemies,” Chaykin said. “But in the process, if we undermine the core values of this organization,. . . then what are we protecting other than a simple shell of what we believe is a core value of this organization?. . . I do not want this organization to simply stand by and say nothing.”He added that if it were a Bar position, he would agree taking action using mandatory Bar dues would be improper. But he said the voluntary sections, using their own money and not Bar money, should be able to act.Evan Marks, chair of the Family Law Section, and board member Nancy Gregoire, liaison to the section, presented the three sections’ arguments to the board as they had the day before to the Legislative Committee.“What I’m bringing to you is not a request to endorse homosexual adoption,” Marks said. “We’re asking for you to allow us. . . to lobby against a discriminatory law that says if you are a homosexual you cannot go into court and ask to adopt.”The state already pays homosexuals to be foster parents, and Florida is the only state with an outright prohibition against gay adoptions, he said.He and Gregoire said only about 50 letters had been received against the sections’ proposed action, and that wasn’t enough to constitute a substantial segment of the Bar to meet the divisive standard. Gregoire said the opposition fell into two categories: those who think the issue is divisive and those who have a moral opposition to gay adoptions.“This is a legal issue, and the reason we have the right to address it is the right of children to have access to the courts,” she said. “Why does not that child have a right to go to a judge and say, ‘You, the judge, decide if this is in my best interest.’?”Gregoire also argued those who have opposed the sections for moral reasons have in fact forced the Bar into a moral position. “Don’t make us muzzled because those few folks want us to be,” she said.The board heard that the three sections were being supported by the Elder Law Section and by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. But the Trial Lawyers Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section both discussed the issue and declined to take a stance. And the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors debated the issue and recommended that the three sections be turned down because of the divisiveness.YLD President Mike Faehner told the board there was no better example of the emotion and divisiveness of the issue than the reaction to the YLD’s review. Although the YLD based its advice on a rigorous and neutral analysis of the law and Bar policies, he was called a Nazi and homophobe by other lawyers who contacted him after the vote.“I didn’t think this was an emotional debate,” Faehner said. “I was wrong.”Opponents of the sections said many legislators and even many Bar members do not understand the difference between the Bar as a whole and sections taking a position, and would see the sections as representing the entire Bar. They also said regardless of personal feelings about the law, it was wrong to nullify the Bar’s procedures and rules.Board member Ervin Gonzalez said he asked hundreds of lawyers about the issue and was overwhelmingly told the Bar should not get involved. He noted the rules might have prevented the Bar 50 years ago from taking a stance on Brown v. Board of Education, but said probably a majority of the board would have individually supported it. Section members can still do that without any board action, he added.“I’m saying please stand and fight this discriminatory law and do not allow The Florida Bar’s silence on this to be a mandate for you,” Gonzalez said. “Do not ask The Florida Bar to take a position that it cannot take because of our internal rules and bylaws.”Board members Jesse Diner and David Rothman said they intended to take Gonzalez’ advice and contribute time and money to repeal the law, but added they felt compelled to obey Bar rules.While the adoption ban is bad, “If we don’t follow the law in changing the law, are we any better?” Rothman asked. “I’m going to vote against their proposal, but I will contribute and go to Tallahassee to argue for the repeal of that law. There will be a time when we can say it’s not divisive.”“I don’t like the [divisiveness] rule and I abhor that this statute is on the books,” Diner said. “I live in a neighborhood with a large gay population, and I hate that I have to tell them I voted against this. But I don’t have the right to nullify this rule.”Supporters argued the real issue is not divisiveness but about equal access to the courts which should not be a controversial issue to Bar members. They also questioned whether the Bar can avoid the issue.Board member Chris Lombardo noted the Bar, in rule 4-8.4, prohibits discrimination by lawyers on a variety of grounds, including sexual orientation. He said that could make a lawyer liable to discipline if he or she went to court to oppose an adoption because a would-be parent is gay.“We’re already in this fight; we’re already there,” Lombardo said. “A gay person who is married to a straight person and is a parent can divorce and get custody. How do you square that with the ban on gay adoption?“This law is improper. It’s not a question of morality; it’s a question of what’s right. We do not support discrimination in any form. We need to take a position and get it over.”Board member Henry Latimer said he’s heard the divisiveness argument used before, as justification for not taking action on gender and racial discrimination issues.“I take no position on the right to adopt or not to have the right not to adopt, but the right to speak out against it is something that should be inviolate,” he said. “The time is always right to do the right thing. What is morally right takes precedence over something that’s ambiguous.. . . We should have the courage to protect that right and not use the technical definition of not addressing issues because they’re divisive.”The board vote approved the motion of the Legislative Committee, which had voted unanimously to reject the sections’ requests. But the committee also specified in its motion that the sole reason for the rejection was of the Bar policy prohibiting sections from engaging in legislative activities that have the potential to cause deep emotional and philosophical division among a significant portion of the Bar’s membership.Under court rulings and Bar rules and policies, the Bar, because of its mandatory membership, is limited in what political positions it can take. Those are generally limited to items related to improving the delivery of legal services and the oversight and regulation of the legal profession.Sections, which have a voluntary membership, are given a wider latitude in lobbying positions, although they must use only section money and no Bar funds. Sections generally can lobby on any issue as long as it does not conflict with a Bar-wide position, falls within the section’s purview, and does not violate the divisive standard. January 1, 2005 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Feeding consumers’ appetite for awareness

first_imgPromotional events at co-hosted conference in Denver spread the CU message.Credit unions aim to win the hearts and minds—as well as the stomachs—of consumers in Denver this month through a pair of promotional efforts during the America’s Credit Union/World Credit Union Conference.The theme of these events is “People Helping People,” which aligns with this year’s theme for International Credit Union Day, Oct. 15.Feeding Consumers’ Appetite for AwarenessFirst, CUNA will mail attendees a deck of dual-purpose tear-off cards they can distribute to people on their way to the July 12-15 event.On one side, the cards feature credit union awareness factoids such as the roughly $7.1 billion credit unions saved consumers in 2014 through lower fees and better rates, as well as competition in the marketplace that also translates to savings for bank customers. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to reduce efforts on natural resources, while increasing revenues to the local community? The answer is sustainable tourism

first_imgSustainable tourism development has become an imperative today. Both globally and as a new tourist paradigm of tourism development in Croatia.  Attendance at the event is free. Lekić also adds that through tourism as an intercultural communication they managed to connect and network everything through circular creativity. “We were able to involve over 10 participants in the creative industry in the interpretation. From architecture, fine arts, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts, writing, games and more, the goal is to design a cultural tourism product based on Glagolitic heritage. The story is very interesting and indicative because it gives a totally different approach to tourism, while respecting the local heritage, involving the local community, and makes a quality and authentic tourist content as part of creative cultural tourism. Lekić pointed out and concluded that they have developed a creative product that can be sustainable, which will benefit the local population and be crucial for the economic development of the entire region. Sustainable tourism is defined by the UNWTO as tourism that fully takes into account current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, taking care of the needs of visitors, sectors, the environment and the destination. Therefore, sustainable tourism should make optimal use of environmental resources that are a key element of tourism development, retaining essential ecological processes and helping to protect natural heritage and biodiversity. Respect the socio-cultural authenticity of the destination, preserve their built and living cultural heritage and traditional values, and contribute to intercultural understanding and tolerance, and ensure that economic activities are sustainable and long-term. “I will talk about the interpretation of Glagolitic heritage on the example of the town of Plomin. It is a new form of tourism, genealogical tourism, which appeals not only to foreign tourists, but also to our diaspora. Interpretation in a sustainable way, with the local community interpreting the symbols and the whole story around the Glagolitic alphabet in a different way – through the economy of experienceAnnounced Lekić.  When, if not now? The time for change has never before been so pronounced in the tourism sector as it is today at the time of the coronavirus pandemic, and so have our new tourism paradigms. That’s why the rethink narrative has been hit hard as part of the webinar, as it is planned to write our new long-term tourism strategy this year – which must have sustainable tourism at its core as an imperative.  “Protected areas are a very interesting tourist resource. I will emphasize the lecture on how WWF got involved in tourism and how we decided to approach the whole issue and lay a sustainable foundation for tourism. Mass tourism is certainly a threat to these areas, but tourism and the protection of natural areas can work together, and we will show this with concrete examples that we have done in Croatia. Through our work we have been contacted by various companies and locals who want to engage in tourism in these protected areas, but so that tourism and nature protection can go hand in hand. Thus, through communication and synergy, we have developed a platform for sustainable and responsible tourism as a know-how with which we participate in the development of tourism in protected areas.”Points out Prvan.  Use of cultural tangible and intangible heritage in tourism is the topic of the lecture Romane Lekić, Assistant Dean for Tourism Studies at the Edward Bernays College of Communication Management in Zagreb, who will look at a concrete example of how to make the Glagolitic alphabet a sustainable tourism brand. The biggest problem with the application of these systems for measuring and monitoring sustainable tourism development is that despite the technology, desire and will of other institutions, there is still no continuous data for measuring and monitoring sustainable tourism development, Klarin said. continuous data collection is lacking, and sometimes data is not available or complete. “The basic goal of the concept of sustainable tourism development is to improve the quality of life and preserve the socio-cultural identity of the local community and ensure the full experience and satisfaction of tourists with the development of quality tourism products and services, all while preserving resources that will enable long-term generation.”Emphasizes Klarin and adds that the topic of sustainable development is extremely relevant in today’s context, and that through his lecture he will try to explain the whole issue of developing the concept of sustainable tourism or sustainable development of tourism, from its beginnings to current trends, challenges and solutions.  It is clear to everyone how mass tourism is not sustainable, how destinations are cracking at the seams in the summer months, how we must protect our most valuable resource – space, how we must connect blue and green Croatia through tourism, keep people in rural areas and islands, how we have a problem of high seasonality our tourism and how there is no future without sustainable development.  Mosor Prvan, WWF Adria: Sustainable and responsible tourism must support the development of the local community The theme of the two-day event is Rethinking Tourism which will be discussed on both days in the morning as well as webinars / discussions will be organized on the b2match platform, followed by B2B online meetings for companies in tourism and all those who do business with such companies. It is also crucial how to help the local community to generate income, while at the same time contributing to nature protection and through all this that tourist products have economic value, Prvan emphasizes and concludes: “It is important that the tourism product is economically viable and sustainable. So what we do is the development of sustainable tourism products is that it simultaneously contributes to the protection of nature and the interest of the local community, that it is a product that is financially self-sustainable and that it does not culturally undermine any local tradition that exists in the area.” “I practically get to the point where we stay on the basic indicators of tourism success, and that is most often just that tourist traffic on arrivals and overnight stays. Unfortunately, some more concrete and complex indicators such as tourist density, intensity or functionality are not used at all. What is presented to the public remains practically how many overnight stays we have made, not taking into account some more complex problems, which tourism certainly brings – primarily the negative effects of tourism that we will talk about and that we must strategically take into account the further development of our tourism.”Concludes Clarin.  It is through the project of a virtual walk through VR glasses that we made in Zadar, as well as many other examples in Croatia, we proved that in Croatia we not only keep up with all new modern technologies in tourism, but that we can be leaders in innovation, concludes Mudri Six. “Since the creation of the concept and the introduction of the development of the methodology and the system for measuring and monitoring the sustainable development of tourism, without which the whole concept cannot even be realized. We will also present specific existing methodologies and systems for measuring and monitoring the sustainability of tourism. I will certainly touch on the issue related to the implementation of the concept or the possibility of limiting the application of different systems, ie why these systems are not currently in a functionClarin points out.  Sign up here and select the webinars you want to attend and mark your availability for B2B meetings. Event registrations are closing 06. October 2020. at 13:00. To learn more, click here Also, in the lecture Klarin will show concrete examples of good practice which nevertheless showed that there are various possibilities from concrete measurements and monitoring of sustainable tourism development and accordingly reducing the negative effects of tourism, which is imperative today.  Sustainable tourism is the main topic online international B2B webinar and B2B meeting organized by HGK Zadar County Chamber – Rethinking Tourism B2B event, and which will take place October 07 and 08 pthe basis of the online platform.  “In the lecture, I will talk about the whole process of how to present our cultural heritage with the help of technology. About how we came up with the idea, how we realized it, what the technological challenges are, how to generate and organize content through technology. The product is adaptable to a wide range of audiences, as the audio guide has been translated into seven languages, which eases the language barrier, ie eliminates it.“Points out Mudri Šestan and adds that the use of virtual glasses can be seen 360 degrees, and the animation shows us the construction of a building that existed in the past or shows an event that happened in the past. “Instead of foreign guests, but also the people of Zadar themselves, schoolchildren and many others imagine what the Roman Forum looked like in the past or what the IV. The crusade to Zadar in 1202, with the help of technology, will experience the story of Zadar’s history in an interesting way. ” explains the Wise Shestan. The Magic Croatia agency has a lot to say on the mentioned topic from their own experience. Namely, last year they made a new modern tourist product and digitized the cultural heritage of Zadar. So now the guests of Zadar through a virtual walk through VR glasses can go back in time and experience what is otherwise impossible to see – how Zadar looked in the past. center_img Rethinking Tourism B2B event, there will be an online international B2B webinar and B2B meetings organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce of the Zadar County Chamber. It will happen to be held on October 7 and 8, and will include webinars and B2B meetings 1: 1. The event is intended for all companies from the tourism sector, as well as those who do business with the tourism sector. Interpretation of cultural heritage is an extremely important segment of the tourist offer highlights Romana Lekić and in the lecture he will talk about how to use a sustainable model for communication and interpretation of traditional heritage in cultural tourism through the creative use of new technologies in the function of creating experiences and interpretation of heritage in a tourist destination. VR, AR and all other modern technologies offer us only new tools and media for interpretations of our historical and cultural heritage. And this is best seen in the example of a virtual walk in Zadar, where tourists, thanks to technology, are shown what Zadar looked like before, and what it looks like today.  The solution to these problems and many others is certainly in sustainable tourism, which, especially during the pandemic, has once again proved to be an imperative in future tourism development.  Tomislav Klarin, UNIZD: The basic goal of the concept of sustainable tourism development is to improve the quality of life and preserve the socio-cultural identity of the local community “Today, travelers are motivated by the desire to get to know a culture different from their own in a place that cannot be replaced by any other tourist destination. ” emphasizes Lekić. Sustainable and responsible tourism must support the development of the local community because if we enable people living in these areas to stay in their areas and live well from tourism, but from tourism that can and must be in line with nature protection, adds Prvan and gives excellent a concrete example through fishing tourism.  Veronika Mudri Sestan owner of the travel agency Magic Croatia from Zadar, will hold lectures on Digitization of cultural heritage.   He will talk about previous experiences and concrete examples of the development of sustainable tourism Mosor Prvan from WWF Adria- at the lecture: Development of tourism in natural protected areas. Veronika Mudri Šestan, Magic Croatia: In Croatia we are not only keeping pace with all new modern technologies in tourism, but we are also leaders in innovation Romana Lekić, Edward Bernays: Interpretation of cultural heritage is an extremely important segment of the tourist offer This is a project Glagolitic and creative industry – Glagolitic epigraphic monuments of Istria and the Croatian coast, which is being implemented in Plomin and Otočac. The project provides an answer to the question: How to concretely design a project of Glagolitic interpretation in an interactive and sustainable way, in which it will not be just an artifact. WWF is an organization that primarily deals with nature protection, and that is why their great focus is on how to improve protected areas through tourism, whose main purpose is nature protection.      “Fishing tourism is something quite new in Croatia, and in that segment the point is to have professional fishermen who will take tourists fishing and make a demonstration of how fishing is traditionally done in that area. Because when a fisherman normally goes fishing, he throws about 3 kilometers of net, and when he takes tourists, he throws 300 meters of net. In this way, he has a secured income, earns more money than when fishing, and at the same time fishing effort is reduced. And that’s the million-dollar question we tried to answer and one of the examples we’re going to talk about in the lectureSaid Prvan.  All lecturers agree: Sustainable tourism is imperative Rethinking Tourism B2B event Tourism can be an opportunity to protect nature, but also to create a sustainable local economy which increases the quality of life and business of the local population, point out WWF Adria, which through excellent projects on Lastovo and Kornati managed to create two success stories – where revenues remain with the local community, tourists contribute to nature protection, and the negative impact of tourism on nature is far within the limits of sustainability. On topic Sustainable tourism – indicators of sustainable tourism he will speak Tomislav Klarin from the University of Zadar, Department of Tourism and Communication Sciences. Quality and preserved environment is the basis for tourism activities, so tourism from the very beginning of the development of the concept of sustainable development has adopted its principles and goals as appropriate measures to reduce the negative effects of tourism on the environment, he said. Tomislav Klarin in his doctoral thesis on “Creating a model of sustainable tourism development in urban destinations in the Republic of Croatia, and adds that in this context a concept of sustainable tourism development has been developed that ensures ecological, socio-cultural and economic balance of tourism development.  Lectures by domestic and foreign tourism experts will focus primarily on sustainable tourism. last_img read more

Sportcasters demand unpaid salaries from TVRI

first_imgA group of sportscasters working for state-owned TV broadcaster TVRI is demanding up to seven months in back salaries, claiming they haven’t been paid since the middle of last year. The total amount, according to the sportscasters, is around Rp 900 million (US$ 61,000). Comprising prominent sports figures and former athletes such as the Atlanta Olympics gold medalist Ricky Subagja and former national shuttler Yuni Kartika, the sportscasters expressed their disappointment in a YouTube talk show hosted by sports commentator Valentino Simanjuntak on May 4.During the show, the sportscasters told Valentino that TVRI had not told them when they would receive their salaries.  “We have tried to discuss this matter but to no avail. [The reason] is always because TVRI is a state-owned broadcaster so it would face a lot of administrative processes,” Yuni said.She added that the current change of management might also hinder the settlement of this problem. She was referring to the firing of executive director Helmi Yahya in January by the TVRI supervisory board for allegedly commercializing some of its programs.When contacted, TVRI’s head of sports broadcasting, Sus Irianto, said he would discuss the matter internally before issuing any comments.Helmy, a former TV personality, was considered a breath of fresh air for the state-owned broadcaster, which is struggling to stay relevant amid other programs offered by private television networks.When elected as the company’s executive director in 2017, Helmy revamped TVRI’s logo and brought top programs like the English Premier League and made the public television a dedicated badminton channel that regularly airs badminton tournaments. TVRI supervisory board chairman Arief Yahya, however, thought that airing programs like the English Premier League was not in line with the nation’s identity and could lead to financial difficulties for the public television.The English Premier League is one of the programs whose hosts’ had not been receiving their salaries for months. Former national futsal head coach Justinus Lhaksana said he received his first and only salary since joining TVRI to host the program in August 2019.Justinus acknowledged that some of the sportcasters had been paid their January salaries but were still expecting their pay from before that. Ricky, the host of a badminton program, said he and his coworkers had tried to meet with TVRI’s finance director but to no avail.“The director promised to pay our salaries on a certain date, but we received nothing,” he said.“We didn’t start talking about this because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We still don’t know what we’re going to do after this,” Ricky said, adding TVRI executives would always pass them off to other departments without providing clarity.Yuni said the broadcaster’s management had repeatedly said that a long line of administrative steps had to be taken first before they secured the green light to disburse the funds.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Boone, Independence receive 35-year Modified sanction awards at IMCA banquet

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Two of the race tracks synonymous with the Modified division since its earliest seasons are among the 50 speedways to be honored during the national IMCA awards banquet on Nov. 25 in Lincoln, Neb.Boone Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway will be recognized for 35 years of sanctioning their Modified divisions with IMCA. In all, tracks from 17 states with a total of 740 consecutive years of sanctioning one or more divisions receive awards during the evening.A 30-year Modified plaque goes to Crystal Motor Speedway. Twenty-five year awards go to Mohave Valley Raceway and Sweetwater Speedway for Modifieds, Outagamie Speedway and Redwood Speedway for Stock Cars, and Buena Vista Raceway for Hobby Stocks.Receiving 20-year plaques will be 281 Speedway, BVR and Dacotah Speedway for Modifieds and Davenport Speedway for Late Models.Fifteen-year awards go to Winnemucca Regional Raceway, Modifieds, and Lincoln County Raceway, Stock Cars.Awards for a decade of sanctioning will be presented to Phillips County Raceway, Sherman County Speedway and Thomas County Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks; Dodge City Raceway Park for Modifieds and Stock Cars; Hamilton County Speedway for Modifieds and Hobby Stocks; Desert Thunder Raceway and Lovelock Speedway for Modifieds; Dubuque Speedway and Farley Speedway for Late Models; Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairground and Quincy Raceway for Stock Cars; and Beatrice Speedway, Independence and Outagamie for Northern SportMods.And 37 five-year plaques will be presented to 28 tracks, including:Crawford County Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts; Roadrunner Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars, Southern SportMods and Hobby Stocks; 141 Speedway for Modifieds and Stock Cars; Central Arizona Speedway, Cottage Grove Speedway, Jackson Motorplex, Petaluma Speedway, Siskiyou Motor Speedway, Southern Oregon Speedway, Sunset Speedway Park and Willamette Speedway for Modifieds; Merced Speedway for Modifieds and Northern SportMods; Boone County Raceway and Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway for Stock Cars; Lee County Speedway and Stuart Raceway for Hobby Stocks; Cocopah Speedway, Davenport, Eagle Raceway, I-76 Speedway, Maquoketa Speedway, McLean County Speedway, Santa Maria Raceway and Williston Basin Speedway for Northern SportMods; El Paso County Raceway for Southern SportMods; and Clay County Fair Speedway, Hancock County Speedway and Kossuth County Speedway for Sport Compacts.The awards banquet will be held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in down­town Lincoln. Drivers winning champion­ships and rookie of the year awards will be honored and sponsor awards will also be presented during the evening.Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.  Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.Banquet goers can call 866 706-7706 and request the IMCA group rate regarding Saturday over­night accommodations. RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 24 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.last_img read more

Corcoran: NCAA needs to swallow dose of its own medicine

first_imgI thought my classes were complicated – I know I’m a freshman, but I’m still getting used to college here. Then I tried to understand the National Collegiate Athletic Association.For those who haven’t heard about what happened at University of Miami a little over a year and a half ago, here’s the college SparkNotes version. Nevin Shapiro was a Hurricanes’ football booster, and beginning in 2002, he began providing illegal benefits to players and recruits – 72 athletes in all, according to Shapiro – as defined by NCAA standards. These benefits included dinners, cash and, in one case, $10,000 to secure the commitment of basketball player DeQuan Jones. However, Shapiro was not just a booster breaking NCAA rules. He was a felon running a $930 million Ponzi scheme.It all came crashing down in June 2011 when Shapiro was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the scheme. Shapiro had nothing to lose, so he decided to come forward with claims about what he was involved in at Miami, resulting in an NCAA investigation of the Miami Athletic Department.And just a little more than a month ago, it seemed like the governing body of college athletics had finally wrapped up its investigation and was about to deal Miami, along with many people and coaches associated with the program, a punishing blow. Well, as it turns out, the NCAA, in trying to deal a knockout punch, may have knocked itself unconscious.Yes, the NCAA meant well in trying to investigate and prosecute Miami, and although rule breaking in college athletics is nothing new, there have never been problems with the overseer in Indianapolis. That is, until now.While conducting the investigation of Miami, the NCAA obtained evidence from Shapiro’s attorney, who was defending him in a bankruptcy case that did not involve the NCAA. This evidence was obtained illegally and therefore not usable in the NCAA’s case. And if that’s not bad enough, the NCAA actually had Shapiro’s defense attorney on its payroll, something NCAA president Mark Emmert and others at the headquarters were unaware of until they saw it on an expense list last fall.What’s ironic about this whole situation is that the NCAA is charging Miami with “a lack of institutional control,” something the policing and rule-setting body appears to be lacking of as well.What does it all mean?The facts are on the table now for all to see, but what happens now? Many people and member universities are questioning Emmert as president, including the entire Mountain West Conference, which internally circulated the following memo regarding new leadership:“Is it time for the presidents to seek new NCAA leadership or a new organization? The NCAA has evidenced decisions that focus on trivial and penalize our athletes. The salaries for the NCAA leadership are excessive and an embarrassment to the Mountain West schools. Their decision making is cumbersome and oblique.”OK, So Emmert didn’t know what was going on within his own organization and, as president, he is accountable for the ill-advised decisions that were made. That much is true. But the problem that everyone seems to be overlooking is that changing leadership positions won’t fix anything.There is corruption running rampant throughout college athletics and whether this is a one-time slip up from the NCAA or a continual habit, we now know there is a problem not only with the followers but with the leader as well.That problem is greed and money. The desire to win national championships and haul in the cash has taken over what was supposed to be a learning experience for student-athletes, at least in the revenue sports. We, as the media, have contributed to this problem by commercializing college athletics and treating the players like objects and not like people.Well, it’s time for this to stop. The NCAA has to put its foot down and say enough is enough, and it has that opportunity right now. If it lets Miami get off with only self-imposed sanctions, the NCAA will be as good as dead. It must take hard action against Miami with legitimate evidence left to set an example for everyone else. Firing Emmert may be necessary to set an example, but something must be done to reform this slowly corrupting organization. The situation might be hard to understand, but what needs to happen is simple: the NCAA needs to become the National Collegiate Athletic Association again.Dan is a freshman intending to major in journalism. Do you see a grave future for the NCAA? Let him know what you think by tweeting @DanCoco7.last_img read more

FIFA could expand Women’s World Cup to 32 teams

first_imgIf approved, countries would need to find stadiums that would be able to hold the added teams and games. “We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said, via The Associated Press. “We will discuss it as a matter of urgency and see if we can already decide to increase for 2023 in which case we should re-open the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organize or maybe co-host for some of those who have been bidding already for a 24-team World Cup.” Related News While the U.S. has been a favorite to win its fourth World Cup, this year’s tournament saw stars emerge on multiple teams. “We can develop national team football only if we develop club football as well all over the world, not only in a few countries,” Infantino said. “So we need a club World Cup which can be played every year to expose clubs from all over the world and to make men’s clubs, but also women’s clubs, invest even more in women’s football.” The FIFA council, made up of 37 members, is due to vote on the 2023 host in March of next year. There are already nine countries interested in bidding including Brazil and South Africa, recent men’s World Cup hosts. Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea are also prospectve hosts for the next women’s tournament.The Women’s World Cup has already seen a number of expansions in its short history. The event started with 12 teams in 1991, and grew to 16 in 1999 and then 24 in 2015. Infantino has been focused on expanding both World Cup events with the men’s scheduled to increase from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.“Nothing is impossible and based on the success of this World Cup of course we have to believe bigger and to do what we should have done already probably some time ago,” Infantino said. “But now we have the evidence to do it for women’s football.”The success of the United States team has helped the growth of women’s soccer.The team’s semifinal game against England was the most watched soccer match on U.S. TV since the 2018 World Cup final with over 7 million total viewers, according to a report from Variety.  Alex Morgan blasts tea-sipping celebration critics over double standards Women’s World Cup 2019: Netherlands edges Sweden to set up final vs. U.S. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match The next women’s World Cup could look a lot different.FIFA will consider expanding the tournament from 24 to 32 teams and doubling the prize money. The change, however, would need quick approval from all parties since bidding is already underway for the 2023 event.last_img read more

New champion McLure has eyes set on England spot

first_img15 Sep 2013 New champion McLure has eyes set on England spot Tony McLure, a familiar name within golf in his native north east, beat the rain and a clutch of internationals to win the Senior County Champions Tournament in style at Woodhall Spa.The 55 year old former greenkeeper, playing out of Longhirst Hall in Northumberland, fired a superb second round 70 for 145, three over par, and a one shot winning margin from English Senior champion Richard Latham.Despite the miserable conditions, cold with frequent rain and squally winds, McLure (image copyright John Thomson Photography) had 15 pars and two birdies on his card and was the only player in the field to beat par.“This is very pleasing,” he said modestly after collecting the trophy. “I knew when I arrived here that if I could play well I’d be in the hunt. These conditions don’t bother me. You just have to get on with it.”Starting the day three strokes off the pace, he was out in 34 with a birdie at nine but he bogeyed ten when he under-clubbed and found a bunker.But his second birdie came at the long 14th where he fired a three-wood 230 yards to the green and two-putted to pick up another shot. “That was the best three wood I’ve hit for a long time,” he added,From there he parred his way in for a homeward 36, holing some key putts when needed while he also knew what the opposition were doing.“I knew Richard had made a big number somewhere so I just tried to play the remaining holes in level par,” he said. “At the last I made a solid four after hitting a wedge from 56 yards to a foot. But I only missed one green and didn’t miss a putt.”Latham, looking to add the County Champions title to his English, Scottish and Lincolnshire senior crowns, took double bogey at the third he found sand. But after going out in 37 his real Achilles Heel came at the 13th where he hooked his tee shot into sand and could only splash out.He found a sloping lie and sliced his third shot into trees, his ball finishing against a trunk. After taking a drop, he took three more for a triple bogey seven before signing for 74.“It is very disappointing but that was a stupid lack of concentration,” he said. “If you have a lapse on this course you get punished and I know that more than anyone.“But this has been a great year for me, I still have the Seniors Home Internationals to come and you can’t win everything.”McLure’s future could mirror Latham’s. He is also a first-year senior and despite a poor showing in the English Seniors has already made his mark with second place in the Welsh Seniors, equal third in the Scottish while he won the Northern Counties Seniors title.“This win should move me up the seniors Order of Merit but my target is to represent my country,” he added. “Being a senior is the start of a new career for me and I’d love an England cap.”last_img read more

City opens League basketball season

first_imgD.J. PORTER of USO goes thru the lane to the hoop against Carrick, Porter scored 18 points to lead the Eagles to a 82-55 win in the City League opener for both teams. (Photos by William McBride)ALEN HORD (14) of USO goes for a loose ball between Carrick’s Cameron Jackson (3) and Taylor Thornton (23), Hord scored 16 points in USO’s 82-55 winMARCUS JOHNSON of USO goes up for a shot against Carrick, Johnson chipped in with 10 points in the Eagles 82-55 winlast_img

Carragher on defending against Thierry Henry: It was like chasing someone on a motorbike!

first_imgAdvertisement 51mgNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec878( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 76091Would you ever consider trying this?😱cmecqCan your students do this? 🌚6l5mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher, rates Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as the toughest opponent he faced as a player. One of the finest prolific strikers of all time, Thierry Henry, with his 228 goals, remains Arsenal’s all-time record goal-scorer in the Premier League ahead of former England international Ian Wright. The Frenchman scored nine goals in 18 appearances against Liverpool and Carragher heaped high praise on the former Gunner.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BBC Sport“I’ve used this analogy before and I make no apology for using it again. When he hit top gear and ran past you, it was like trying to chase after someone on a motorbike.” Carragher stated.Advertisement “Sometimes as a defender against some of the top players we had at that time; Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie – there’s not a lot you can do in certain situations because they were that good. But in his prime, Henry would simply run past you and there wasn’t a lot I could do”Among all the superstar strikers to embrace the Premier League since its inception in 1994, Thierry Henry belongs to the top-tier. The 1998 World Cup winner joined Arsenal from Juventus in 1999 for a sum of £11 million, which was considered a huge amount in those days. But Henry paid off the dividends by scoring 254 goals in 174 games and was an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s team, including their famous unbeaten Premier League campaign in 2003-04. Henry finished his Arsenal career in 2007 joining Barcelona for €24 million.  Advertisementlast_img read more