Regis Little bill on the way to the governor

first_imgRegis Little bill on the way to the governor Regis Little bill on the way to the governor Senior EditorIn honor of Regis Little, an 18-year-old former foster youth with disabilities found stabbed to death in an Orange County parking lot, legislators named a proposed new law “The Regis Little Act to Protect Young Adults With Special Needs.” CSCS/HB 437, sponsored by Rep. Janet Adkins, R-Fernandina Beach, and SC/SB496, sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, is on the way to Gov. Rick Scott to sign into law.From subcommittees to the floor debates on these bills, in both the House and Senate, the votes were unanimous in support. On April 22, on third reading, Sen. Detert adopted the House version and added the law’s new name.The legislation provides a mechanism for identifying guardians and guardian advocates so that probate court judges can appoint them when the dependent child with disabilities is 17, before leaving foster care at 18.The Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee made the Regis Little issue a priority.“There is strong language to ensure the rights of incapacitated youth in foster care are protected by adhering to existing law that requires use of the least restrictive type of decision-making assistance for these young adults,” said Alan Abramowitz, executive director of the statewide Guardian ad Litem Program, and former chair of the Bar committee.After locating Regis’ sister in another state, and receiving her support in honoring Regis, Abramowitz said, the sponsors decided to name the new law after him.The name “Regis Little” is sadly familiar to Florida’s child advocates and became a call for action for foster youth who age out of the system but don’t have the ability to take care of themselves.As Gerry Glynn, chief legal officer of Community Based Care in Central Florida, detailed during testimony at the Legislature, when Regis Little turned 18, he refused services from the Department of Children and Families, Family Services of Metro Orlando, and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.He had had enough of state services, after bouncing around nine group homes and mental-health facilities from 2000-08 in his short, tragic life.When he was only a baby, he was taken from his mother after she was arrested for shoplifting and found to be using drugs. The state placed him with a family friend who molested him. Before he was old enough to go to kindergarten, his mother had died of cancer and his father had disappeared. For a few years, Regis lived with an aunt, until he became too much for her to handle.As a foster child, he was diagnosed as bi-polar, hyperactive, and with an IQ of 65, he was taking at least five psychotropic medications. Yet again, he was molested in a group home. His education was patchy, with records often taking months to catch up with his new school. As a high school junior, he still could not read or write. There was no stable, consistent person advocating for him.Even if the governor signs the bill into law, the challenge will be finding guardians for the estimated 90 teens who would qualify, said Glynn, also a former chair of the Bar committee, who helped write a scholarly article: “Confidentiality-based Barriers to Advocacy and Survival: A White Paper for Empowering Foster Youth, In Memory of Regis Little.”Glynn said guardians would be found by looking first to relatives, then to some committed adult, and finally by trying to get someone to serve as a guardian pro bono. May 15, 2015 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

How To Improve Eyewitness Testimony

first_imgWired: My latest Head Case column in the WSJ explores a forthcoming Psychological Science paper by Neil Brewer (not online yet) that shows how the flawed memories of eyewitnesses might be improved:The biggest lie of human memory is that it feels true. Although our recollections seem like literal snapshots of the past, they’re actually deeply flawed reconstructions, a set of stories constantly undergoing rewrites.Consider our collective memories of 9/11. For the last 10 years, researchers led by William Hirst of the New School and Elizabeth Phelps of New York University have been tracking the steady decay of what people recall about that tragic event. They first quizzed people shortly after the attacks, then after one year, and found that 37% of the details had already changed. Although the most recent data have yet to be published, they’re expected to reveal that the vast majority of remembered “facts” are now make-believe.Read the whole story: Wired More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Japan women spikers book spot in FIVB World Championships

first_imgThailand also improved to 3-0 with a straight-sets win over Vietnam to join Japan in next year’s championships.Earlier in the day, Japan’s men’s team defeated New Zealand in straight sets to improve to 2-0. Japan, FIVB, Masayoshi Manabe IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KOMAKI, AICHI PREF. – The Japan women volleyball’s team secured its spot in next year’s FIVB Women’s World Championships in Italy with a win over Australia on Saturday in Asian qualifying.Japan, which won the bronze medal in last year’s London Olympics and is ranked third in the world, defeated the 103rd-ranked Australians in straight sets at Park Arena Komaki. The win lifted coach Masayoshi Manabe’s team to 3-0. RELATED PHOTOScenter_img Strong return: Japan’s Yuki Ishii spikes the ball against Australia in an Asian qualifying match for the 2014 FIVB World Championships at Park Arena Komaki on Saturday. Japan beat Australia in straight sets. | KYODO KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

Razor Clamming Closed Again For 2017

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced there will be no razor clamming on the east side of Cook Inlet for 2017, echoing closures in 2015 and 2016. She says it’s still not clear why the population is suffering. Kerkvliet: “The number of age classes are fairly limited on this beach right now and so what we’re looking to see is a recruitment and a good spawning.”  The Department has issued an Emergency Order that closed all types of clam digging from the mouth of the Kenai River to the southernmost tip of Homer through the end of 2017. Another study conducted at Clam Gulch showed the density of mature-size razor clams is 94% below averages seen between 1998 and 2008.center_img The western side of the inlet is not affected by the closure. ADF&G Fish and Game Biologist Carol Kerkvliet… The average number of mature-size razor clams from Ninilchik South beach has been roughly 80% lower than averages seen between 1990 and 2012.last_img read more

Sri Lanka skipper backs fresh faces to deliver in World Cup

first_img(Reuters) – Sri Lanka have arrived at the World Cup with a reshuffled squad and in patchy form but newly-appointed skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has backed the fresh faces to deliver when they begin their campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff yesterday. Sri Lanka have won 24 of 86 ODIs since stalwarts Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara retired after the 2015 World Cup, with the captaincy changing hands six times since.They are ranked ninth of the 10 teams competing in the tournament, and the country’s board raised a few eyebrows by appointing Karunaratne to skipper the side in April, with the opener not having played an ODI in four years.“It is not easy when you don’t know the players and they haven’t played a single game in a long time,” Karunaratne told a news conference yesterday. “Even me, I came back into the side after four years so it is not easy.“But if you get a chance you need to prove yourself. Every time you need to be hungry. Those new players who want to do well, they want to perform to stay in the team.”Only six players in the squad have 80 or more ODI caps to their name – including veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga – but Karunaratne said fresh faces like opener Avishka Fernando and all-rounder Isuru Udana bring an element of surprise. “I think all the members did really well in the recent past I think at the domestic level. That’s why I select them, to give them a chance,” the captain added.While the England and West Indies camps have talked up the chances of hitting the mythical 500-run mark, Kiwis captain Kane Williamson expects the “scrappy” cricket of the past to return in the latter stages of the tournament.New Zealand reached the final in the 2015 edition but their all-out aggressive approach came unstuck in the decider as they finished runners-up to Australia. “There has been a lot of talk about really high scores but I think there will be a number of games where that isn’t the case and it will require adjustment,” he said.“It’s easy to get ahead of yourself and think, this is what we are going to need to do versus what do we need to do now in this current situation to give us the best chance?”New Zealand will begin the tournament with a clean bill of health after wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham recovered from a finger injury.last_img read more

Paul Kennedy leads Irish domination of Bolesworth four-star Grand Prix with victory aboard Irish Sport Horse Cartown Danger Mouse

first_img Tags: Limerick’s Paul Kennedy and Jane Kennedy-owned Irish Sport Horse mare Cartown Danger Mouse have taken victory in today’s (Sunday) four-star 1m60 Grand Prix sponsored by Equerry, at Bolesworth International in the UK.A thrilling jump-off saw Kennedy (pictured above) outpace his fellow countryman Billy Twomey, with the 24-year-old Limerick rider collecting a first prize of €33,000.Cork-born Twomey had taken the lead with the Kim Barzilay-owned Kimba Flamenco with a clear round in 38.65 seconds. However Kennedy knocked .09 of a second off that target when last to go. Twomey would finish as runner-up, while Britain’s John Whitaker took third place with Cassinis Chaplin. Richard Howley and Dolores came home in sixth for Ireland while Clem McMahon also finished in the top 10 with PacatoIt was Kennedy’s second win at Bolesworth having also taken the top prize in Friday’s feature competition again riding Cartown Danger Mouse, while the pair were also part of the winning Irish Nations Cup team recently in Lisbon.BREEDINGCartown Danger Mouse (ISH) – 2006 bay mare by Harlequin Du Carel (SF) out of Missy Boo (ISH). Bred by Paul G Kennedy, Co. Limerick. Owner: Jane Kennedy. Rider: Paul Kennedy (IRL) 17 June 2018, 18:03 Home  »  General  »  Paul Kennedy leads Irish domination of Bolesworth four-star Grand Prix with victory aboard Irish Sport Horse Cartown Danger Mouse Paul Kennedy leads Irish domination of Bolesworth four-star Grand Prix with victory aboard Irish Sport Horse Cartown Danger Mouse last_img read more

2019/2020 NPFL Season: LMC holds induction workshop for Promoted Clubs

first_imgRepresentatives of the four clubs promoted from the Nigeria National League (NNL) to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Wednesday, August 21, completed a two-day induction workshop organized by the League Management Company (LMC) in Abuja.The clubs that participated in the orientation program were Adamawa United FC and Jigawa Golden Stars FC that qualified from the Northern Conference of the NNL, while Akwa Starlets FC and Warri Wolves FC clubs that were promoted from the Southern Conference of the second-tier League.The workshop is a seasonal activity of the LMC during which the promoted clubs from the lower division are familiarized with the operations of the NPFL including offering them a comprehensive knowledge of administration of professional football club in line with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Club Licensing Regulations as domesticated from the CAF and FIFA Club Licensing Regulations.Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of the LMC conducted the workshop which included an interactive session with the participating club representatives during which they provided feedback on the workshop.In his opening remarks on the first day of the workshop, Abubakar explained that, “we shall during this workshop provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of the club football administrative structure, Legal Structure and a general overview of the club licensing system and the FIFA/CAF Transfer Matching System (DTMS/TMS) and its domestication”.“On day two of the workshop, the briefing will be on Infrastructure, Legal and Financial Criteria. Other topics for day two are Personnel and Administrative, Business, Merchandising and Promotion Criteria”.At the end of the workshop, some of the participants said the two-day session was very illuminating and has provided them with insights that could only be gained from attending the workshop.Chairman of Warri Wolves, Moses Etu expressed satisfaction with the course contents and noted that it exposed him to the difference between playing in the lower league and the NPFL.“From this workshop, we have been educated on the regulations on and off the field of the NPFL, we now know that we are in a different terrain from what we were used to before now”, declared Etu and added, “this is an eye-opener to us on the structure and what it takes to run a professional football at the level of NPFL”.On his part, the Chairman of Akwa Starlets, Amedi Dickson also said he has been deeply enlightened on the administration, regulations and structure of NPFL Clubs.In attendance were Pwavi Moline, Team Manager of Adamawa United, Dickson, the Chairman with Iberedem Akpan, the Secretary of Akwa Starlets. Others are General Manager of Jigawa Golden Stars, Isah Dodo, the Secretary, Gambo Labbo and Etu, the Chairman of Warri Wolves and Henry Ukah, the Secretary.RelatedGo Round FC Face NPFL Expulsion After Failing To Meet Salary CapJanuary 4, 2018In “Nigeria”LMC Confirms Lobi Stars For CAFCLSeptember 1, 2018In “Nigeria”No More Super 8 as NNL Postpone PlayoffsDecember 20, 2018In “NFF”last_img read more