USS Jason Dunham Pays Visit to Gdynia, Poland

first_img View post tag: USS Jason Dunham View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: poland The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrived in Gdynia, Poland, for a scheduled port visit, May 6, 2015.Jason Dunham’s presence in Poland reaffirms to NATO allies that the U.S. Navy shares a commitment to strengthen ties while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the Baltic region.Jason Dunham’s commanding officer is scheduled to meet with military and local officials, including Capt. Grudziński, Deputy Commander of the Polish 3rd Flotilla, Rear Adm. Stanisław Zarychta, Commander of the Polish Maritime Operations Center, and the mayor of Gdynia.Strengthening alliances during the port visit to Gdynia demonstrates the shared commitment the U.S. has toward promoting safety and stability within the region, while seeking opportunities to enhance interoperability with its NATO allies and partners.[mappress mapid=”15891″]Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic May 7, 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Jason Dunham Pays Visit to Gdynia, Poland Share this article View post tag: Naval USS Jason Dunham Pays Visit to Gdynia, Poland View post tag: europe View post tag: Gdynialast_img read more

The steep price of the missing affordable “small-dollar loans”

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Last week, Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau told the Wall Street Journal, “I personally believe banks and credit unions can be low-cost providers of small-dollar loans. I think that working with banks and regulators involved, there would and should be an ability for them to offer decent products.”While this move could fuel opposition from the $38.5 billion payday-lending industry, which fears the watchdog agency’s new rule would wipe out much of its business, Cordray believes banks and credit unions should be able to offer small-dollar loans as “rescue products” for their customers.The fact that the CFPB is discussing ways to make it easier for banks and credit unions to offer “small-dollar” loans means the agency has a big interest in reining in high-interest payday loans.  This intrigues us at Filene, as we are in the midst of several years’ research into finding solutions with credit unions to increase access to affordable financial services and providing viable options to predatory practices such as payday lending.The QCash SolutionOn January 5th, in collaboration with QCash Financial, Filene launched a new Pilot for credit unions interested in offering members a fast and easy-to-use alternative to obtain small-dollar loans. continue reading »last_img read more

Women’s basketball comes up short against Texas A&M

first_imgFreshman guard Endyia Rogers led USC with 20 points against Texas A&M, shooting 50% from the field. (Yannick Peterhans | Daily Trojan) The Trojans will not face another ranked team in pre-conference play. However, notable upcoming opponents include Nebraska on Friday and Alabama on Saturday at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas. The teams traded the lead eight times in the first half, but the competition tapered off as Texas A&M won the third quarter 19-13 and never looked back. Poor rebounding from USC led to the Aggies’ runoff, which included 9 unanswered points and strong defense from A&M junior guard Kayla Wells and senior guard Shambria Washington.  “I think we played very well as a team,” Rogers told The Eagle after the game. “Obviously, we have to build on it and take it to the next game and then to conference.” The Trojans will take on Nebraska to open the 2019 South Point Shootout in Las Vegas Friday at 5:45 p.m. The Aggies once led by 14 points, but the Trojans were able to fight back and come within 9 with just under three minutes left in the fourth. However, the Trojans were unable to close the gap, and the Aggies held on. Both teams were sharp in the field throughout the game, but rebounding struggles ultimately did USC in, as Texas A&M far outpaced the Trojans 44-26.  USC freshman guard Endyia Rogers posted her first 20-point college game, while freshman forward Alissa Pili followed with 12 points. This is the third game both Rogers and Pili have led the Trojans in points, as both players scored double digits in the loss against UC Santa Barbara last weekend.center_img USC’s ability to compete with a ranked team and keep up offensively gives the Trojans reason for optimism moving forward.  A noticeable absence in Saturday’s lineup was graduate transfer guard Stephanie Watts, who was also unavailable last week. Watts joins freshman guard Madison Campbell and redshirt sophomore guard Shalexxus Aaron on the injured list, with Campbell and Aaron yet to see the court this season.  The USC women’s basketball team fell 74-64 Saturday night at Galen Center after a tight battle with No. 6 powerhouse Texas A&M. This marks the second loss of the season for the team and the fifth win for the Aggies. The four-freshman roster could not match up to A&M’s veteran group. The Aggies played a junior- and senior-exclusive squad carrying deep NCAA tournament experience from last season. Junior guard Chennedy Carter, an All-American and First Team All-SEC player, scored 26 points for A&M while junior forward N’Dea Jones racked up 18 rebounds. Head coach Mark Trakh kept his lineup nearly identical to the UC Santa Barbara game, only replacing freshman guard Alyson Miura with senior forward Kayla Overbeck. Overbeck had been sidelined due to an injury and had last played against UC Riverside two weeks ago for just two minutes. The Aggies acted as the warm up for the competition the Trojans can expect in women’s basketball Pac-12 play. USC’s first conference game is against No. 11 UCLA. last_img read more

Details of Tyler Skaggs’ death cast further legal questions over Angels

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros The Angels have distanced themselves from Kay with a blanket denial that anyone in the organization had any knowledge of Skaggs or any other players using drugs. While the DEA continues to dig for the truth, lawyers for Skaggs’ family and officials from Major League Baseball are waiting to see if anyone beyond Kay should be disciplined.Given the normal timeframe for such investigations, any decision on a wrongful death lawsuit from Skaggs’ family would come well into next year, at the earliest. Skaggs’ family hired noted Texas lawyer Rusty Hardin.A handful of legal experts said on Monday the Angels could theoretically be held liable – and therefore subject to pay Skaggs’ family millions of dollars – but there are several steps before that could be considered.Even if a suit is filed, the most likely outcome would be a settlement, because neither side would be eager for a trial.“An intensely public entity like a professional sports team has some considerable interest in this not being a story,” said Paul H. Haagen, co-director of the Center for Sports Law and Policy at Duke University. “They want to talk about Mike Trout, not drug use.” Skaggs was found dead in his Southlake, Texas, hotel room on July 1, and the medical examiner ruled that he had choked on his own vomit after ingesting a deadly combination of opioids oxycodone and fentanyl, along with alcohol.Law enforcement officials have said all along there was no evidence that anyone else was responsible for Skaggs’ death to the point of a murder or manslaughter charge. However, civil liability has a much lower bar.In California, there is a standard of “comparative fault.” That means another party can be held liable, even if only partially liable. A jury could determine how much of Skaggs’ death was the fault of the Angels and award his family proportionally.Determining liability is complicated.The first break in the chain of causation is that Kay reportedly told the DEA he did not provide Skaggs with the drugs he used the night he died. Kay reportedly said he had last given him oxycodone a few days earlier, and Skaggs typically ingested the drugs immediately after receiving them.Beyond that is a question of who in the organization knew about Skaggs’ drug use at a time when the tragic ending could still have been prevented.“You would have to have knowledge pretty high up in the food chain before you could attribute any of this to the organization,” said Ken Jacobsen, a professor of sports law at Temple University. “If it’s someone lower level, it’s unlikely they could bind the Angels to what they were doing, especially illegal conduct. There would have to be someone higher up in the organization that knew about this.”Marc Edelman, a law professor at City University of New York who specializes in sports, said there are two routes to prove liability.The first would be to show that the Angels were negligent in providing care for Skaggs, by failing to act on knowledge that he was using drugs.A more direct liability would be if the Angels somehow were complicit in Skaggs’ drug use, by fostering the use of the pain-killers to allow him to pitch.“If there was evidence that the Angels knew he was taking these substances, particularly to make himself ready to pitch despite an injury, and this person encouraged him to take these substances to pitch,” then the Angels could be held liable, Edelman said.Experts agree that it is a difficult standard, though, particularly because Kay was a member of the media relations staff, rather than a doctor or trainer.“It makes it more plausible that since he’s operating totally outside the scope of his employment that there should be more defenses (for the Angels),” Haagen said. “You would be less likely to be looking for certain kinds of problems in your communications person than in your training and medical staff.”Haagen suggested that the negligence angle could be an issue if Skaggs had exhibited any traits or behaviors that should have alerted the team to his drug use.“The other problem the Angels could have is if reasonably competent medical people would have picked up the problems,” Haagen said.Since the Aug. 30 release of the medical examiner’s report, all those around the Angels who were asked publicly about Skaggs said they had no idea he was using drugs.Skaggs was not subject to any testing for opioids because major league players are only tested for performance-enhancing drugs unless there is cause to test for drugs of abuse. The Skaggs case, however, might prove to be the impetus to change that.Tony Clark, head of the Major League Baseball Players’ Assn., said in a statement last month that “it’s appropriate and important to re-examine all of our drug protocols.” A source close to the negotiations said Monday that it’s “probable” that drug testing will be expanded to include opioids as soon as next season.In the meantime, Major League Baseball will be conducting its own investigation into the Angels once the DEA is done. The commissioner’s office, of course, does not need to stick to the same standard as the courts in meting out discipline.“The commissioner has very broad powers to impose discipline on teams and owners,” said Len Simon, a practicing lawyer who teaches sports and law at the University of San Diego. “Teams and owners and non-uniformed employees have fewer rights than players do because they don’t have a union.”Simon said the commissioner could discipline anyone he believed had knowledge of a player’s drug use and didn’t act appropriately on it. Major league rules mandate that anyone who knows of drug use by a player report it.The only two Angels employees allegedly identified by Kay as being aware of Skaggs’ drug use were former vice president in charge of communications Tim Mead and traveling secretary Tom Taylor. Both have issued statements denying they knew.Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros In the wake of a report that an Angels media relations official provided drugs to Tyler Skaggs for years before his overdose, legal experts say the Angels might face repercussions, but it won’t be an easy case to make.Eric Kay, a member of the media relations staff for 24 years, reportedly told Drug Enforcement Administration investigators that he purchased illegal opioids on behalf of Skaggs for years, and they used them together. Kay also reportedly gave the DEA names of five other players he believed used opioids while with the Angels, although they have not been identified.Kay, who has been on paid leave from the Angels since shortly after Skaggs’ death in July, is subject to criminal charges for his part in purchasing illegal drugs.The larger question, though, is what the legal implications might be for the Angels, and that’s not so simple. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The commissioner’s office also could investigate Kay’s claim about the five other players he believes used opioids.All of that is weeks, if not months, away, though. All parties will have to wait for the DEA.Former DEA agent Thomas Martin, the president of Martin Investigative Services in Newport Beach, said the DEA is likely most interested in determining the source of the drugs. Kay’s cooperation obviously helps his position in terms of the charges he might face, but the investigation will continue, and be exhaustive.“Angels baseball and Arte Moreno can’t write a memo and this thing will disappear,” Martin said. “The DEA has a greater responsibility to make sure to get to the bottom of it. …“Everybody should just take a breath, as hard as that is because we want instant gratification and everyone is upset. Let’s see how the powers that be decide to play this out. The DEA has a number of ways to go. Trust me. It’ll all come out in the end.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: January, 28, 2015

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015:WednesdayThursday• Girls Basketball Haven Tournament, 3 p.m.Friday• Girls Basketball Haven TournamentSaturday• Girls Basketball Haven Tournament.• C-Team Basketball at Rose Hill.• Wrestling at Andover, 9 a.m.Wednesday lunch: Chicken Fried Steak, mashed potatoes/gravy, green beans, banana, hot roll/jelly.Thursday lunch: Stromboli, garden spinach salad, baby carrots, pineapple chunks.Today’s News* WHS Juniors: Looking at obtaining a degree in education? Applications are being accepted for the 26th annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy. It will be held on the campus of Emporia State University from Sunday, June 7 to Thursday, June 11. If you’d like more information, see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselor’s office.*Not sure what to get your sweetheart, friend, or relative for Valentine’s Day? Well, WHS your problems are over. The WHS Madrigals and Mixed Ensemble are doing singing Valengrams this year on the 13th. The Valengrams will be sold during lunch today so find a choir member for more information.*League Scholars Bowl is at Collegiate today. The Entire team is going! Students need to be dismissed at 2:45 and marked Activity.*There will be a Sophomore Class Ring Meeting on Wednesday, February 4 at 2:30 in the Auditorium.*Spirit Week is next week, February 2-6.  The theme is Crusaders Blast from the Past.Monday will be 50’s Grease LightningTuesday will be Sitcoms of the 60’sWednesday will be Disco FeverThursday will be 80’s BandsFriday will be Crusaders through the decades* Come audition for the all school murder-mystery production Thursday from 4-6:30. Audition forms are with Mrs. Kelly in room 106. Cast and crew members are wanted.*There will be a box outside of Ms. Vaughn’s room to put song suggestions in for the homecoming dance- feel free to stop by.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more