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Sweden calls for climate finance pledge

April 3, 2020 | News | No Comments

Sweden calls for climate finance pledge

Sweden seeks pledges from member states on climate adaptation.

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The Swedish government wants next week’s European Council to pledge to pay out billions of euros to help poorer countries cope with the effects of climate change.

Senior advisers to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt have begun a round of bilateral discussions with other EU member states to seek promises of money from 2010. Today (3 December) EU ambassadors will begin their first round of negotiations on how much the EU should pledge in ‘fast-start’ finance to the least-developed countries.

Paying a fair share

In October, EU leaders promised to pay their “fair share” of the international climate finance bill, estimating the need for upfront cash to be €5 billion-€7bn per year in 2010-12. The European Commission estimates that the EU could contribute around one-third of this total. The UK has promised £800 million (€884m) for 2010-12. The Netherlands is ready to give €300m. The German government is still discussing a possible pledge.

Last month the UN’s top climate change official, Yvo de Boer, urged rich countries to pledge $10bn (€6.64bn) per year for three years to kick-start immediate action in developing countries.

A first draft of next week’s EU summit communiqué states: “The Copenhagen agreement should include provisions on immediate action after Copenhagen starting in 2010 and acknowledges that this requires scaled-up financial support.” The draft contains a space to insert a figure on finance over 2010-12.

Eventually, developing countries will need billions of euros to adapt to unavoidable climate change and to get their economies on a green path. European leaders have agreed that the total bill could run to €100bn annually by 2020, with money to come from public and private sources. But at this stage EU leaders are not expected to spell out more details on their possible longer-term contribution.

EU officials have largely given up hope of Copenhagen delivering a legally binding agreement, but the European Council is expected to call for a legal text to be drawn up within six months of the Danish talks.

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The Balkans remains the EU’s litmus test

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The Balkans remains the EU’s litmus test

The EU must continue the ‘political de-mining’ of the Balkans and use lessons learnt there to develop its foreign-policy role.

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11/12/09, 12:00 AM CET

Updated 4/12/14, 6:40 PM CET

For two decades, the western Balkans has been a real-life testing ground of the foreign policy of the European Union. While nobody wanted it that way, the EU’s common foreign and security policy was born in the context of the Balkan wars in the 1990s. Since then, the Balkans has been the frontier for the EU’s evolving foreign policy.

It was a difficult birth, and we learned hard lessons. As a result, we are today more capable of working for peace and stability.

In recent years, the European perspective has helped stabilise the western Balkans. The prospect of and conditions for joining the EU have driven democratic and economic reforms forward.

Croatia is nearing the finishing line, after four years of negotiations. We have free-trade arrangements in place with the rest of the western Balkans – the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. We are also working to extend visa-free travel next January to the countries that have met the EU’s conditions, especially the issuing of biometric passports.

Still, this progress remains fragile. Despite relative political stability in the region, there is no ‘end of history’ in sight. We cannot afford to lull ourselves into complacency when facing dangerous political minefields in the western Balkans, either in the form of bilateral problems between certain countries, or domestic stalemates in others.

Therefore, we must continue what I would call a policy of political de-mining in the western Balkans. That means tackling these problems one by one, by combining the EU’s soft power and classical tools of diplomacy.

We have seen some successes, such as the recent agreement on arbitration to solve the border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia, which was signed in Stockholm on 4 November. This enabled us to unblock and resume Croatia’s accession talks after a long break.

Next, we want to see progress on the name issue of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The country is a positive example of the EU’s gravitational pull and has performed impressively in EU-related reforms after years of stagnation. This enabled the European Commission last month to recommend opening accession negotiations with the country.

The governments in both Skopje and Athens have a fresh and strong mandate and have started to engage in serious talks. There should now be a real chance to settle this difficult bilateral issue, which has hampered progress in that corner of the region for 18 years.

Meanwhile, Bosnia and Herzegovina remains in a self-inflicted political stalemate that has dragged it backwards recently. In October, together with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and US Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, I met the leaders of the country on two occasions in Camp Butmir in Sarajevo to try to unblock the stalemate.

Bosnia and Herzegovina risks being left permanently behind the other countries of the region in EU and NATO integration. We offered its leaders a package of measures – including constitutional changes – that would jump-start the country’s EU and NATO integration.

I hope, for the sake of their citizens and the western Balkans as a whole, that the leaders of Bosnia and Herzegovina will commit themselves to a compromise that will help the country move forward. This is the last chance for the present generation of political leaders to bring the country into the European mainstream, which is deeply wanted by its citizens.

Our policy of stabilisation – sometimes also called enlargement – in the western Balkans has wider implications for the EU’s foreign policy and its global role. We must learn from our experience there and apply these lessons when developing a more robust and effective foreign policy.

With the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty soon, we stand before a historic opportunity to move the EU’s foreign policy and global role to a new level.

The EU’s credibility as a global actor continues to rest on our ability to shape our own immediate neighbourhood. In south-eastern Europe we can make a real difference. This is where the EU’s common foreign and security policy has proven its value.

Olli Rehn is the European commissioner for enlargement.

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Rep. Katie Hill Resigns As Sex Scandal Mounts

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LOS ANGELES, CA — Under investigation for sexual misconduct, freshman U.S. Rep. Katie Hill is set to resign, she announced Sunday. Her downfall has been swift.

She began the month a rising star in the Democratic party, but this week the House Ethics Committee announced it would investigate allegations that the congresswoman from Santa Clarita had a sexual affair with congressional aide in violation of House rules. She denied the allegation, but the scandal has been fueled by an ongoing series of sordid revelations.

“It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country,” Hill wrote in a letter to constituents Sunday that was also posted on her Facebook page.

“This is what needs to happen so that the good people who supported me will no longer be subjected to the pain inflicted by my abusive husband and the brutality of hateful political operatives who seem to happily provide a platform to a monster who is driving a smear campaign built around cyber exploitation. Having private photos of personal moments weaponized against me has been an appalling invasion of my privacy. It’s also illegal, and we are currently pursuing all of our available legal options.”

Hill is in the midst of a messy divorce, and the conservative publication RedState.com published a series of articles including intimate texts and a nude photo that appear show that Hill and her husband had a longstanding sexual relationship with a 24-year-old female campaign staffer. Hill acknowledged that affair and apologized to her constituents for her poor judgement Wednesday.

In a letter sent to her constituents, she acknowledged having a relationship with a campaign staffer. The first openly bisexual congresswoman from California, Hill and her husband dated a woman who worked on her campaign, according to texts and graphic photos provided to RedState.com. The outlet published a nude photo of the Congresswoman in a series of articles accusing Hill of sexual impropriety.

In a letter, Hill apologized to voters for the relationship with the campaign staffer.

“During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone on my campaign,” Hill’s letter said. “I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgment.”

Hill also said she had contacted U.S. Capitol Police after intimate photos of her and another person were published by RedState, images she said were “published by Republican operatives on the internet without my consent.”

But that hardly quelled her critics.

It’s an alleged affair with her Congressional legislative director Graham Kelly that has her in the hot seat. According to the New York Post, Hill paid Kelly ran election bonus in April of $5,100 — nearly twice the amount other campaign staffers received.

Hill has repeatedly denied the affair, blaming the allegation on a smear campaign by her Republican opponents and an abusive husband.

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“Allegations that I have been involved in a relationship with Mr. Kelly are absolutely false,” Hill wrote.

Rarely has a congresswoman been investigated for alleged sexual impropriety. It’s a case that tested the Democratic Party’s leadership, which has taken a strict stance against sexual misconduct since the MeToo movement began.

The House voted in 2018 to prohibit sexual relationships between lawmakers and their employees.

Hill defeated then-Rep. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale, in November to represent the 25th Congressional District, which includes Santa Clarita Valley and portions of the northern San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley and eastern Ventura County. Since then, Hill had been viewed as a rising star among Democrats and a prime target of Republicans, who see winning back her seat as a part of the path back to power in the House.

City News Service contributed to this report.

I recently joined a few homeschooler and alternative education forums, and there’s a term getting thrown around that I was not too familiar with known as “unschooling.” So, naturally, I decided to investigate.

Luckily, homeschool/unschool consultant and advocate Jenni Mahnaz explained it to me. “Unschooling is a trust-based educational model that relies on trust in the child/learner to be naturally curious and to guide their own learning,” she says. “It’s the way humans learn naturally, and always have.”

Essentially, kids are taken out of the traditional classroom environment and instead learn from being out in the world. It sounds like a dream come true for any child — and I’m sure the majority of working adults would love it too! (That’s probably why I left corporate America to become a freelancer, but this is not about me. Back to our kids!)

Mom Lindsey explains, “It’s homeschooling for the crunchy crowd. It’s child-led and no curriculum. Less structure than homeschooling.”

I’m not stereotypically crunchy, but some things about unschooling are appealing. I would like my 4-year-old to learn from his own interests and — call me crazy — lead his own life, instead of always being told what to do and learn. I think this is how he will figure out who he is and the person he wants to be over time. Why should he wait until the age of 35 like I did?

At the same time, we let our child play hooky from his preschool today because he didn’t feel like going this morning. He then had a tantrum when I tried to get him to put on his clothes and get into a car to go food shopping. I’m not sure I could handle all this self-directed living every day.

When I complained to Mahnaz about our morning, she said, “Sometimes I let my kids dictate when and how they leave the house. Why not? I do it for myself all the time. When I can/need to, I offer the same to them. When I can’t, I empathize and do my best to offer an alternative focus.”

Mom Christina allows for self-directed learning in her house and at a self-directed learning center. “I don’t like the term unschooling, but I suppose that’s what we’re doing,” she says. “I don’t see any reason to rush into a curriculum. Evidence suggests that starting math or reading earlier doesn’t yield lasting advantages. And teaching concepts before developmentally appropriate for an individual may lead to lifelong loathing/avoidance of a subject, like those that say ‘I’m not a reader’ or ‘I’m bad at math.’ They may not have been allowed to approach reading and math on their own terms in a way that worked for them.”

She continues, “The things I want my young people to learn most are creative problem solving, collaboration and compassion. The latter two, I believe, are nurtured by time spent with a variety of people for prolonged periods facilitated by experts in respectful communication. That’s why we chose a self-directed learning center two days a week.”

When talking about this idea with one mom friend she was concerned her child would choose to just watch TV and play video games all day if he could. I’m sure mine would too, especially after our TV detox!

Unsurprisingly, this is a big concern when it comes to unschooling. Mahnaz says, “Every family handles this differently. Radical unschoolers would say, ‘So what? If learning happens all the time then learning happens while video games are played. If we restrict it, it will just become more of an obsession.’ Less radical unschoolers might say, ‘Let’s compromise in a way that feels good to all of us.'”

Mahnaz explains that unschooling is about a partnership with the child(ren) so there is no one size fits all answer on this. “The key, however, is the mindset in which the challenge is approached. Unschoolers would not generally say, ‘Turn it off because I said so,’ because that’s not partnership, that’s control.”

Agile Learning Centers, if you can find one near you, allow kids to direct their own education, but might offer more of a compromise for parents who don’t want their children to learn entirely at home.

Development Psychologist Peter Gray is a leader in the unschooling field, and I’ve been enjoying his book, “Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.”

He writes,”Children are biologically predisposed to take charge of their own education. When they are provided with the freedom and means to pursue their own interests, in safe settings, they bloom and develop along diverse and unpredictable paths, and they acquire the skills and confidence required to meet life’s challenges.”

He goes on, “There is no need for forced lessons, lectures, assignments, tests, grades, segregation by age into classrooms or any of the other trappings of our standard, compulsory system of schooling. All of these, in fact, interfere with children’s natural way of learning.”

Unschooling might be the hippie version of homeschooling, where we allow our kids to lead their own learning. It might seem outrageous to some parents, but it’s something that seems natural to me and something I will explore.

Of course, I will also have to figure out a way to unschool while still getting my child out the door with shirts and pants on. But those are just minor details that shouldn’t phase any cool and unschooled household, right?


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High school baseball rules now will require a pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown in a game.

The revised pitching policy in Rule 6-2-6 was one of six rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Rules Committee at its June 5-7 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Each NFHS member state association will be required to develop its own pitching restriction policy based on the number of pitches thrown during a game to afford pitchers a required rest period between pitching appearances.

“We’re pleased that the rules committee worked in conjunction with the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee to find an acceptable and reasonable modification to this rule in order to emphasis the risk that occurs when pitchers overuse their throwing arm,” said Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and student services and staff liaison for baseball.

The Baseball Rules Committee also revised Rule 2-32-2 regarding sliding into home plate. The revised language states: “At home plate, it is permissible for the slider’s momentum to carry him through the plate in the baseline extended.” The committee altered this rule since the physical design of home plate makes it difficult for a runner to break momentum on a slide – as opposed to the other three elevated bases which are elevated. 

The committee also revised Rule 3-3-1, which states the umpire has the ability to give three warnings to a coach or player before he or she is removed from the game.

“Officials now have the opportunity to provide a tiered warning system for coaches or players,” Hopkins said. “It provides the coaches or players with a teachable moment to change their unsportsmanlike behavior in order to stay in the game.”

A new article 6 was added to Rule 8-3 to provide a rules reference for an existing ruling in the Baseball Case Book. The new article reads: “When a plate umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catcher’s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base or retire a runner on a pickoff play, if an out is not made at the end of the catcher’s initial throw, the ball shall be dead and all runners shall return to the bases occupied at the time of the interference.”

The rules committee also approved an addition to Rule 8-4-2, which states that any runner is out when he is physically assisted by a coach. This rule change supports a revision in Rule 3-2-2 Penalty, which states that the runner shall be called out immediately when he is physically assisted by a coach.

A complete listing of the baseball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Baseball.”

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 486,567 boys participating in baseball at 15,899 schools across the country, and 1,203 girls playing the sport in 260 schools.

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Top AIC Schools:

1. Maryland (23)
    Arkansas (23)
3. New York (20)
4. Ohio (12)
5. Alabama (9)

 

Alabama

Hannah Carroll Opelika High School
Shane Dempsey Creek View Elementary
Rachel Dunn “Monrovia Middle School, Huntsville”
Brian Dunn Monrovia Middle School
Jason Michael Albertville High School
Thaddeus Porter Wetumpka High School
Susan Salley Cold Springs High School
Frank Smith “Gulf Shores Middle School, Gulf Shores”
Lacy Stancil Cullman High School

Alaska

Travis Henderson Dillingham City School District
Benjamin Scott “Homer High School, Homer, AK”

Arizona

Corby Armstrong Combs High School
Benall Benally San Carlos Secondary
Daniel Chen Basis Scottsdale / Scottsdale – PV YMCA / North Scottsdale Little League
Kara Kadotani Sonoran Foothiils School
Lawrence Lively MVJH
Dorion Simmons

Arkansas

Lillian Alderman Mountain Pine High School
Lillian Alderman Mountain Pine High School
Johnathon Boyce Arkadelphia High School
Tyler Brown “Mcclellan Magnet High School, Little Rock”
Tyler Brown “Mcclellan Magnet High School, Little Rock”
Logan Brown Dover Senior High School
Martin Cooper III Marion Senior High
John Gardner Glen Rose High School
Carolann Gilbreath Perryville High
J. Todd Harris Greene Co. Tech High School
Emily Johnson Mountain View High School
Sunshine Lee Little Rock Christian
Andrew McDaniel El Dorado High School
Gary Morrison Bauxite High School
Kaitlyn Newton Woodland Middle School
Bradley Palmer Russellville High School
Tim Pate Shiloh Christian School
Boyd (Marty) Rhodes Quitman High School
Elea Robertson Rivercrest High School
Elea Robertson Rivercrest High School
Ethan Shepard
Tyler Thomas
Andrea Thomas Marshall High School

California

Stevi Balsamo Millennium High School
Apotala Brown Pursch Christian Academy
Jose Gomez
Weston Rapozo Fremont Christian School
Troy Price South Eugene High School
Troy Price South Eugene High School

Colorado

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DoDEA

Samuel Cobb Matthew C. Perry High School

Florida

Reggie Beeks Osceola High School
Marcus Dickson Poinciana High School
James Elder Lauderdale by the Sea
Paul Evans New Smyrna Beach High School
Jerry Shafer West Orange High
Marcello Valle USATF
John Viscomi

Georgia

Keisha Brown-Williams Grayson High School
Joseph Stone Dougherty High School

Hawaii

Kim Nichols Waimea High School

Illinois

Robert Totra Waterloo

Iowa

Angela Johnson Mormon Trail High School
Angela Johnson Mormon Trail High School

Louisiana

Eric Grimes Forest High School
Tyler Jackson Thomas Jefferson High School For Advanced Studies
Tyler Jackson Thomas Jefferson High School For Advanced Studies

Maine

Chris Munroe PCS
Tara Webb

Maryland

David Basile Eleanor Roosevelt High
Chris Biederman Northeast High
Christopher Bohlen Paint Branch High School
Brenton Brady Potomac High
Terrance Burke Northwestern High School
David Carter Broadneck High School
Telsha Claggett Central High School
Joia Daniels Springbrook High
Aik Davis Winston Churchill High
Jazmin Faulkner “Eleanor Roosevelt High, Greenbelt, MD”
John French Oxon Hill High
Kathryn Hackey Poolesville High School
Kathryn Hackey Poolesville High School
Darren Hill Edgewood High School
Mike Hill Chesapeake High
Samuel Hubbard Glen Burnie High
Kevin Keefer North East High School
Lucio Lewis Springbrook High
Jose Mancia Quince Orchard High
Davon Muhammad North Point High School
Tommy Thompson Mount Airy Christian Acadamy
Christopher Torres Apple Grove
Stephanie Watts North County High

Massachusetts

Ron Diorio “St Mary’s High School, Worcester,MA”
Howard Jones Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Cambridge Massac
Ryan Lawlor Hamilton-Wenham Reg High
Brian Nichols
Chris Roumeliotis Essex Technical High School

Minnesota

Brett Egland Lewiston-Altura High School
Courtney Locke

Mississippi

Andrew Streich Myrtle Attendance Center

Montana

Brandy Couture Bigfork High School
Arden DeWitt Wolf Point High School

Nebraska

Vince Mahon Winnebagao High School

Nevada

Alain Blunier Silver Stage High School
Deena Horowitz
Keola Soon Clark County School District

New Jersey

Shawn Baker Pemberton
John Mitchell Montclair Kimberly Academy

New Mexico

Griffin Burgos East Mountain High School
Fred Haack St. Pius X High School
David Roybal Santa Fe Prep
John Wasilowski Hot Springs High School

New York

Henry Aguilar Champlain valley central school
Chelsea Antosh Spencerport High School
Joseph Biscossi
Tyler Briggs Gates-Chili High School
Mike Condello Aquinas institute
Samantha Courtney Marathon High School
Peter DiStefano Marcellus High School
Kristine Glass Saugerties Junior High School
Kasey Grisanti Dobbs Ferry High School
Kathryn Heller Chenango Bridge Elementary School
Bernadette Hofsommer Liberty High School
Andrew Kicak Oakfield Junior/Senior High
Paul Lublanezki SMS
Kevin Lucinski Newfane Central School District
Steve Polo Joseph C Wilson Magnet High School
Patrick Prayne Mynderse Academy
Milton Sheehan Amherst Central High School
Dwane Sterling
Kenneth Ward Hudson High School
Michael Webster Buffalo Public Schools

North Carolina

Chiquana Dancy NC High School Athletic Association
Robert Hill East Gaston High School
Bryan McGrath
Joshua Rodriguez Chinquapin Elementary School
Semaj Yarn Hope Mills Middle

Ohio

Patrick Anderson “North Ridgeville Baseball League, Inc.”
Josh Bragg Swanton High School
Rebecca Bryant Princeton High School
Austin Chatman
Anthony Cook Sandusky High School
Nathan Craig Shelby City Schools
Blake Dixon Chardon High School
Joseph Dusseau Oak Harbor High School
Curtis Hughes
Elizabeth (Lisa) Porter West Geauga High School
Amanda Wohnhas
Alan Yount Bradford Exempted Village

Oregon

Troy Price South Eugene High School
Troy Price South Eugene High School
Terrence Edwards Coquille High School
Autum Schwan Rogue Sharks Swimming
Shannon Taylor Vernonia High School

Outside USA

Shasha Callendar Ulla F.Muller
Johannes L G Relou

Pennsylvania

Michael Hofmann Abington Heights School District
Robert Marrone “Youngsville Middle School, Youngsville”
Richard Ott Philadelphia High School
Chris Richardson Gettysburg Area School District
Paul Speicher Lower Merion Hs

Rhode Island

James Brackett Mt Hope High School
Scott Geisser Scituate Middle School

South Dakota

Theresa Godlewski
Scott Johnson West Central High School
Samantha Kastner Parker High School
Kali Rowe Brandon Valley High School

Tennessee

Chris Hatfield Sequatchie County Middle Schools
Jim Nelson BTW

Texas

Erica Harris Bryan Adams High School
Leslie Hinson-Wofford Game Day Cheer
Peter McLean Spring Oaks Middle

Utah

Ben Klepper Water Canyon
Dusty Olsen

Vermont

Tanya Lovely Bellows Free Academy

Virginia

Debra Bickley Louisa County High
Allen Hunter West Point High
Allen Hunter West Point High
Britt Miller John Handley High
Harold Sinton Bishop O’Connell High School

Wisconsin

John Kirkman Lake Holcombe School
Wade Kuettel Oak Creek High

 

Top CIC States:

1. New York (9)
2. Maryland (6)
3. North Carolina (3)
    Massachusetts (3)

 

Alaska

Tara Owen “Delta Junction Sr. High School, Delta Junction”

Arizona

Robert Ortiz “Mingus Union High School, Cottonwood”

Arkansas

Deangelo Arnett Bryant High School

DoDEA

Samuel Cobb Matthew C. Perry High School

Florida

Jerry Shafer West Orange High

Illinois

Justin Hensley Knoxville Junior High School

Iowa

Angela Johnson Mormon Trail High School

Louisiana

Eric Grimes Forest High School
Jake Williamson

Maine

Chris Munroe PCS

Maryland

Christopher Bohlen Paint Branch High School
Kathryn Hackey Poolesville High School
Stephen Hays Walt Whitman
Darren Hill edgewood high school
Robert Newby Rising Sun High School
Renoldo Spivey Oxon Hill High

Massachusetts

Ron Diorio “St Mary’s High School, Worcester,MA”
Brian Nichols
Devonne Stanley The Learning Center for the Deaf

New Hampshire

Kimberly Strout Oyster River High School

New York

Samantha Courtney Marathon High School
Michael Emerson Canandaigua Academy & Middle School
Heather Kelley Holley Jr Sr High School
Abigail MacDonald Clarence Middle School
Steve Polo Joseph C Wilson Magnet High School
Sara Rounds Bishop Ludden Jr/Sr High School
Milton Sheehan Amherst Central High School
Joshua Sobilo Bath Central School
Stephen Willson Penn Yan Central School District

North Carolina

Justin BanksWalker Coulwood STEM academy
Michael Bender C.E. Jordan HS
Semaj Yarn Hope Mills Middle

Ohio

Patrick Anderson “North Ridgeville Baseball League, Inc.”

Pennsylvania

Robert Marrone “Youngsville Middle School, Youngsville”
Richard Ott Philadelphia High School

South Carolina

Allen Winkler South Aiken Baptist Christian School

South Dakota

Edwin Fink Ogorman High School

Virginia

Allen Hunter West Point High
Harold Sinton Bishop O’Connell High School

Washington

John Anchick Marcus Whitman Junior High

Wisconsin

John Kirkman Lake Holcombe School
Wade Kuettel Oak Creek High

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Beginning next season, changes to the conditions and procedure for restarting play with a dropped ball will take effect in high school soccer.

The dropped ball procedure was among 15 rules changes made by the NFHS Soccer Rules Committee at its January 20-22 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

When a ball is caused to go out of bounds due to a simultaneous touch, Rules 9-2-2 and 9-2-3 now stipulate a referee will restart play with a dropped ball to one player of the team that last possessed the ball before going out of play. Previously, simultaneous touch resulted in any number of players contesting a dropped ball to restart play.

Additionally, if play is stopped with the ball in the penalty area or the last touch – by either team – was in the penalty area, the ball is dropped to the defending team’s goalkeeper with all opposing players outside the penalty area.

A dropped ball is also used when a ball is deemed out of play due to touching an official, remaining on the field and resulting in one of three scenarios. Rule 9-1-1b states that if a ball touches an official and remains on the field, it will be deemed out of play if it 1) creates a promising attack for a team, 2) goes directly into the goal, or, 3) changes possession.

“The committee felt it was unfair for the ball to touch an official, remain on the field and give an advantage to either team in any of the three situations outlined,” said Stan Latta, chair of the Soccer Rules Committee.

Three rules changes to Rule 16 address when players may enter the penalty area and play a ball after a goal kick. The rules now state a ball is in play when it is kicked and moves, at which point opposing players may enter the penalty area and play the ball. Previously, opposing players remained outside the penalty area until the ball cleared the penalty area and the goal kick was retaken if it failed to exit the penalty area.

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“The changes in Rule 16 will allow for a faster restart and alleviate the tendency to waste time,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS Director of Sports and Officials and liaison to the Soccer Rules Committee.

Rule 14-1-3 clarifies goalkeepers’ positions during a penalty kick. Defending goalkeepers shall stand with at least one foot on or in-line with the goal line and the goalkeeper shall not be touching the goal posts, crossbar or nets. Forward movement is allowed provided both feet don’t come off the line until the ball is in play.

A complete listing of the soccer rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at . Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Soccer.”

According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, soccer is the fifth most popular high school sport for boys with 459,077 participants in 12,552 schools nationwide. Soccer is the fourth most popular sport for girls with 394,105 participants in 12,107 schools.

Emma Watson: une répartie « so british »

April 2, 2020 | News | No Comments

Dans la saga Harry Potter, elle est la petite écolière modèle, fille de «moldus», les non-magiciens, prête à tout pour réussir sa carrière de sorcière. Dans la vraie vie, elle est également une jolie étudiante de 19 ans, sérieuse, mais ne semble pas prête à se laisser marcher sur les pieds.En pleine promo pour Harry Potter Et Le Prince Au Sang Mêlé, elle a réussi à se dépêtrer des vannes de David Letterman, l’animateur du Letterman Late Show

Lorsqu’il la présente, il l’appelle «the kid». La gosse. Il est vrai qu’Emma Watson, alias Hermione Granger dans Harry Potter, n’a que 19 ans, alors que David Letterman doit tourner autour de la soixantaine.

Le présentateur du Letterman Late Show ne s’attendait certainement pas à une telle répartie de la part de ce petit bout de femme, qui en arrivant sur son plateau, pour la promo d’Harry Potter Et Le Prince De Sang Mêlé n’était pas très à l’aise.

Mais lorsqu’il lui demande des précisions sur les diplômes qu’elle souhaite préparer en parallèle de sa carrière d’actrice, il fait mine de ne pas comprendre. Et comme Emma lui a déjà annoncé qu’elle suivrait le cursus américain, si tout va bien, à Yale, elle lui répond simplement «euh… Vous vivez ici non?». Sous-entendu, vous connaissez bien mieux que moi. David Lettermann, surpris, ne peut qu’en appeler à son acolyte sur le plateau: «ça y est, la gosse vient de m’abattre».

Après la coupure pub, Emma semble un peu plus à l’aise dans son siège. Elle ne se recoiffe plus trop souvent, et ne réajuste sa robe que toutes les dix minutes. Elle est loin de se douter de ce que lui réserve Letterman. Il demande insidieusement s’il n’y avait aucun moyen de reporter l’avant-première au Royaume-Uni, compte-tenu de la pluie battante qui s’est abattue surle tapis rouge. Emma répond qu’ «en Angleterre, on ne se pose pas ce genre de question». Il lui montre alors une photo d’elle où elle réajuste sa robe, sous un parapluie: «c’est ce qui s’appelle un petit dysfonctionnement vestimentaire» rétorque-t-elle simplement… «Mais au moins, je porte des sous-vêtements!» Rires.

Le public est séduit, et Letterman ne peut que concéder un «très juste…» A seulement 19 ans, Emma Watson montre qu’elle peut parfaitement réussir l’exercice de promotion des adaptations cinéma de l’oeuvre de JK Rowling. Un exploit devant un trublion de la trempe de Letterman.

Elle achève son hôte au moment de raconter le pitch d’Harry Potter: «je ne sais pas si j’ai envie de vous rendre ce service vu que vous m’avez piégée…» Et lorsqu’il lui demande si elle est toujours heureuse de faire partie de l’expérience, elle répond ironiquement «I hate it». Rires

Emma Watson, ou comment une «gosse» de 19 ans à l’humour so british conquiert son public.

Regardez la vidéo.

C.C.

Samedi 11 juillet 2009

#AlertePollutionRivières ou sols contaminés, déchets industriels abandonnés… Vous vivez à proximité d’un site pollué ?
Cliquez ici pour nous alerter !Le Sri Lanka, gros producteur de riz et de thé, a longtemps utilisé le glyphosate comme herbicide. Mais depuis 2015, le pays applique le principe de précaution. Face à une mystérieuse épidémie d’insuffisance rénale chez les riziculteurs du nord du pays, les autorités ont décidé de l’interdire. Dans les rizières, le retour au labour se fait sans heurts : les parcelles sont petites, faciles à désherber. Mais ce n’est pas le cas partout au Sri Lanka, où l’interdiction se heurte, en outre, à des intérêts économiques.Menaces directes et indirectesLe scientifique dont l’étude a motivé l’interdiction du glyphosate s’appelle Channa Jayasumana. Il est devenu la cible des critiques, et même de menaces directes. “On a reçu des menaces de mort, par téléphone ou par lettre, témoigne-t-il dans “La Spéciale d’Envoyé” consacrée au glyphosate. Et aussi des menaces indirectes : beaucoup d’articles ont été publiés dans les journaux pour saper, discréditer notre étude scientifique. On a été exclus du circuit des bourses et des prix universitaires.” Selon lui, l’industrie agrochimique se cacherait derrière ces menaces…”L’industrie a cherché à cacher la réalité de la maladie”Dans cet extrait, le scientifique dénonce un “crime contre l’humanité” : “Par son pouvoir politique et son pouvoir financier, l’industrie a cherché à cacher la réalité de la maladie. Des milliers de personnes au Sri Lanka, mais aussi en Amérique du Sud et en Afrique, meurent d’insuffisance rénale – à cause d’un produit chimique fabriqué par le monde occidental.”Extrait de “Sri Lanka, le pays sans glyphosate”, un reportage diffusé le 17 janvier 2019 dans “La Spéciale d’Envoyé : Glyphosate, comment s’en sortir ?”.