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Media project aims to promote racial discourse on campus

first_imgThe Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy are collaborating to launch a project recording members of the Notre Dame community on the topic of race called “With Voices True.”Richard Jones, director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy, said the project gives the University the opportunity to reflect on Notre Dame’s racial climate while following in the footsteps of previous University initiatives.“[The project] involves collecting and preserving voices of those in our community as they offer their thoughts and perspectives and opinions on the racial climate and issues concerning race here on campus,” Jones said. “We think — given the legacy of [University President Emeritus] Fr. Ted [Hesburgh], given the mission of the University, given what we try to do as journalists — it is a project that really is aligned with the kinds of things we like to be working on, focusing on and raising awareness about.”Director of the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights Jennifer Mason McAward said the collection of recordings will assist in opening a discourse on race at Notre Dame.“The most important goal is to just get people engaging with the question of race and what it means in their lives, so we want to talk about it,” McAward said. “We think there’s real value in having people articulate their experiences, and we want people to listen to it and experience it because having that dialogue will just enrich the conversation.”The project is going to be presented digitally in a multimedia format, Jones said, and there are hopes that the project will be made accessible online.“It will probably be a range of media, audio and video text, and some of that will likely be driven by the people with whom we speak and some of that may be driven by the expertise of those collecting the voices,” Jones said. “ … There have been some discussions in making it available online, in a website, and I think that feels like a natural fit for this kind of project, especially given the multimedia, digital media aspect of it.”While the project is still in its early stages, Jones said he is excited to ramp up operations and begin working with members of the Notre Dame community.“We’re going to really begin in the next month or so in terms of the collection, and we hope that by the end of the semester we’ll have the beginnings of a really nice repository,” he said. “We are eager to not only work with the Klau Center, but also to work with the members of our community on this project as well. They’ve put out a call for members of the community to take part in this project, and we’d like to certainly reinforce that call and let folks know that we’re open to hearing their stories in whatever form they may take.”Jones said students from the Gallivan Program will assist with the program by collecting data.“As a journalism educator, I am very excited about the opportunity for our students to build their skills as interviewers, to build their skills using digital media and to have a sense and appreciation to be a part of life on campus that not a lot of us talk about,” he said.“With Voices True” is ultimately an attempt to build a common understanding of race through which the Notre Dame community can grow together, McAward said.“We hope it’s going to strengthen our community and help people understand each other in a new way and a deeper way and to build our Notre Dame community,” she said. “We hope it’ll be beneficial for every person on campus to participate in this in one way or another.”People who want to participate in the project can express their interest at dialogue, Ethics and Democracy, Gallivan Program, Gallivan Program in Journalism, Jennifer Mason McAward, Klau Center, Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, news, Richard Jones, With Voices Truelast_img read more

Sister Spotlight: Former College administrator reflects on mission

first_imgThe word ”mission” is an important part of Sr. Rose Anne Schultz’s life, as much of her work at Saint Mary’s has aimed to apply it to the College community.Schultz first came into contact with the Sisters of the Holy Cross when she attended Holy Cross schools in California, she said, beginning in the fifth grade.“When I look at it now from the vantage point of Fr. [Basil] Moreau, who wanted education of the mind and heart … they were doing that,” Schultz said. “I didn’t know that was what they were doing, and doing it ever so well. They were not only excellent educators — they were very, very friendly.”Schultz said her understanding of the Sisters as being kind, happy women followed her throughout grade school and the Holy Cross high school she attended. When she came to Saint Mary’s in the 1950s, it was with the intention of joining the Sisters. Everything since then has continued as a journey, she said.Schultz taught in schools in Indiana and Illinois and also held some administrative positions before making her return to Saint Mary’s. Already serving on the College’s board of trustees, she was offered the chance to work with the Center for Spirituality and its founder, Keith Egan.“To me, it was a gift just to work with Keith and the Center [for Spirituality],” she said.As Schultz did the work she enjoyed, ongoing discussions within religious institutions and other organizations began to change the way they viewed the purpose of their work.“During that time, the word ‘mission’ was becoming more of a phenomenon,” Schultz said. “Its meaning was being explored, and so at that time I was asked to work in the administration for mission.”Her role in the administration eventually became full-time, though her heart was still with the Center for Spirituality, Schultz said.The meaning of mission still remained elusive to much of the College community, Schultz said, but the growing division for mission continued its work promoting the values of Fr. Moreau at the level of the College administration.“The thing is, it’s a positive area of change,” Schultz said. “It’s not diminishing what you’re doing, but it took a long while. … It gives me great comfort and joy to see how the mission was incarnated in the College.”Among the division of mission’s projects was sending laypeople who were members of the College faculty to Le Mans, France, to learn about the history of the Sisters.“They learned about Holy Cross and our mission,” Schultz said. “People just had the best experiences there.”Schultz served as vice president for mission from 1994 until she retired in 2009. The relationships she built with students and faculty through her work are ones she still maintains today.These days, Schultz is still in touch with past members of the board of trustees and those involved with the division for mission. She also teaches first-year novices a course on the life of Fr. Moreau. She is also involved with Friends with Sisters, an organization that seeks to connect students and the sisters.The relationship between the Sisters and the College is an important one, Schultz said.“You have to keep that bond between the two,” she said. “It shouldn’t be separated.”Tags: Center for Spirituality, mission, sister spotlight, Sisters of the Holy Crosslast_img read more

Listen to Two Tracks from the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway Cast Recording!

first_img Neil Patrick Harris View Comments Lena Hall We still have to wait until July 1 to download the Hedwig and the Angry Inch Broadway cast recording, but these tracks might just satisfy our craving until then. Pop some gummibärchen, pull your wig (we know you have at least one) down from the shelf and rock out to Tony nominees Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall, and the Angry Inch band performing “Sugar Daddy” and “Wig in a Box.” We can’t wait to belt out Stephen Trasks’ score in its entirety with the rock goddess herself on the new album! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015center_img Hedwig and the Angry Inch Related Shows Star Fileslast_img read more

West Babylon Fire Victim Identified

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Tuesday identified the woman killed in a West Babylon fire two days ago and also released details regarding the cause of the blaze.Police identified the woman as 59-year-old Gail Giampino. She was found inside the Little East Neck Road apartment that caught fire Sunday just after 4:30 p.m., police said. Giampino was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said.Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of Suffolk police’s Homicide Squad, said the fire was sparked by a tenant cooking chicken wings in hot oil that “flamed up.”Fitzpatrick noted that the fire is still under investigation. Detectives are still waiting on Arson Squad investigators to submit their report, he said.The fire also damaged four other apartments and injured two others, police said. Both victims were treated at local hospitals and released, police said.last_img read more

5 Long Islanders Go For Gold in Rio Olympics

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By John DundonFive athletes with Long Island ties are among 11,000 from around the world competing for their chance to take home a gold medal in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which officially starts Friday.The four native Long Islanders representing Team USA are soccer stars Allie Long of Northport and Crystal Dunn of Rockville Centre, WNBA all-star and three-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird of Syosset, and race walker Maria Michta-Coffey of Nesconset. A fifth, sailor Bora Gulari of Michigan, lived on Long Island when he was a youngster.“Since I was 10 years old, I’ve dreamed of being an Olympian,” Michta-Coffey told the Press last month. “If someone had told me, here’s your wish, make your life how you want… I don’t know that I could have made as good a wish as what’s actually happened.”Representing the United States in Rio will be 555 of the nation’s most disciplined athletes. Among them are 292 women—the most women to compete for a single country in Olympic history, according to the U.S Olympic committee.The local athletes described getting to represent their country on the world stage as a privilege. But it’s not easy. Training for the every-four-year’s Olympic Games consumes the lives of its participants. For four years at a time, Olympic hopefuls devote their lives to wearing the colors of their respective nations.For those who do get the call—now the hard work really begins. The goal is to win gold or medal in the athletes’ respective events. It’s a goal that U.S. Olympians have evidently taken seriously; The United States has won 2,189 medals at the Summer Games, more than any other country, according to the International Olympic Committee.“As New Yorkers, we are proud of all of our Olympic athletes and their extraordinary perseverance and strength.” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. “At a time when our country wrestles with division and intolerance, we are unified in our admiration of the achievements of these athletes. The Olympics provide more than gold and glory; they remind us of the strength of our diversity and the triumph of the human spirit.”RELATED STORY: Long Island Olympic Hopefuls Vie for Chance to Compete in RioThirty New Yorkers will be competing in Rio. Having one homegrown Long Island Olympian among them is impressive. But five? That’s downright awesome.THE POINT GUARDSyosset native Sue Bird has had success on every basketball court she’s stepped foot on. In Rio, Bird will be going for her fourth gold medal in as many tries.Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Bird’s professional career is her success in international play. If she wins her fourth Olympic gold medal, Bird stands to join an illustrious list in the basketball world.“It’s incredible,” Bird told the Press after practicing at the New York Knicks training facility in Tarrytown last week shortly before departing for Rio. Just like she has her entire basketball career, Bird distributed the glory to her teammates. “I think it says even more that there are three or four others on this current team who also have a shot at that this year,” she saidBird, who was born and raised in Syosset, remained in Syosset public schools until her junior year of high school, when she transferred to Christ the King High School in Queens. Her experiences through high school undoubtedly helped shape the person, and the player, Bird has become.“I had lived and gone to Syosset schools my entire life, with that comes all your friends, everything you know is all in that one place,” Bird recalled. “To leave all of that, being the new kid in school, that part was really hard.“I was really lucky to have a lot of my AAU teammates already playing at Christ the King,” she continued. “Immediately I had friends to help me out.”And so Bird’s winning ways began. At Christ the King, she established herself on the watch list of top Division 1 programs such as Stanford, Vanderbilt and the University of Connecticut. In her senior year, Bird led Christ the King to a State Championship and the National Title.She was awarded many personal accolades her senior year, including The New York State Player of the Year and The New York Daily News Player of the Year.Upon graduation, Bird chose to attend UConn. That’s where Bird established herself as a household name in women’s basketball, joining head coach Geno Auriemma and a recruiting class that was touted as the best the country had ever seen at the time.During Bird’s tenure at UConn, the Huskies won two National Championships with an astonishing aggregate record of 114-4. The personal accolades came in bunches, too. Most notably, Bird was awarded the Naismith trophy, recognizing her as college player of the year during her senior year as she led the Huskies to an undefeated season.Bird, a point guard, entered the WBNA draft in 2002, and was taken first overall by the Seattle Storm. She’s had an illustrious career that includes over half a dozen All Star selections. And now she’s vying for a fourth gold medal to add to her trophy case.THE FORWARDCrystal Dunn is one of several younger soccer players who will get their first shot at Olympic gold for the US Women’s National Team (USWNT).Dunn, 24, is a graduate of Rockville Centre’s Southside High School. At Southside and everywhere she’s been since then, Dunn has dominated. She’s achieved numerous personal accolades, including New York State Player of the Year, and the praise of her peers.“One thing that Crystal has proven is that she’s been a winner at every single level,” former USWNT defender Kate Markgraf told The Huffington Post. “I first saw her at the U-20 World Cup, and she was the MVP for me. You watch her in college and she’s dominating at forward. She’s a match winner, at every single level she’s played at.”One thing is for sure, Dunn can beat opponents in many ways. Her primary attribute is her speed. As a forward, her ability to get around defenders and create chaos from the flank is second to none. Dunn uses her speed to dart into crowded areas around the net and pounces on loose balls. As a high schooler Dunn scored 46 goals and notched 35 assists in three varsity seasons.Like all great athletes, Dunn had to undergo some adversity before she could really take off. She was the last player cut from the 2015 USWNT that won the World Cup in Canada last summer.“I’d never felt this way and I kind of had to teach myself how to respond,” Dunn wrote in an op-ed published in The Players Tribune. “I suddenly had to figure out how to get used to failure, because up until that point, success was all I ever knew.”That’s easier said than done for an athlete when on-field dominance is something that’s been ingrained in them from an early age.“In 2015, I was coming off a collegiate career at North Carolina during which I had won a national title and the Hermann Trophy as the country’s best player.” Dunn wrote. “I had also won a World Cup with the U-20 team and earned a handful of caps with the senior squad. So when I showed up to training camp for the national team last January, I was confident.”Now after years of hard work, Dunn will be representing Long Island for the USWNT in Rio. She’ll be playing a big role in the hunt for the team’s fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.THE MIDFIELDERThe road to Rio for Northport native Allie Long hasn’t been such a smooth ride. The 28-year-old midfielder for the US women’s soccer team was on the cusp of being an international regular for some time, but she couldn’t seem to catch a break.Her first game as a member of the USWNT came and went. It was a friendly against Team Canada in Winnipeg. In the two years following that short taste of international play, Long watched the USWNT from afar. She wasn’t called to play in the 2015 FIFA world cup, or in either of the team’s two major tournaments earlier this year. Naturally, doubt began to creep in.“I remember looking back and having days when I would just be thinking, ‘Is this ever going to happen?” Long said on the team’s website. “I was working so hard and I was frustrated.”After an off-season of training unlike any she’d had before, Long’s hard work paid off in the form of an invite back to USWNT camp in March. By April, she was back on the field. Long started in a game against Columbia and scored the first two goals of her international career in that match.She is now fixed into place as a regular on the USWNT, and expectations are higher than ever for both the ladies’ national squad and Long herself. Like Bird and the US women’s basketball team, the USWNT will be gunning for their fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.From the turf at Northport High to the pitch in Rio, Long’s journey has been fulfilling as any. During her time at Northport High School she was a four-year varsity player, and her team never lost a regular season game. Long was the Suffolk County Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons.She spent time at both Penn State and the University of North Carolina. She’s been a winner no matter what program she’s played for. But medaling in Rio would be the biggest notch on her belt yet.“[Winning gold] would mean everything,” Long said. “I have thought about it, obviously, and I feel like all of the hard work, the times that I’ve struggled have led me to this.”THE RACE WALKERTwo-time Olympian Maria Michta-Coffey has been an elite performer both in the athletic arena and in the classroom from a young age.Thirty-year-old Michta-Coffey graduated from Sachem High School, where she was a national track and field standout. In the classroom, Michta-Coffey was perhaps even more impressive.“I consider myself a professional student-athlete,” Michta-Coffey told the Press after receiving the Suffolk County Distinguished Service Medal from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone last month.After graduating high school in 2004, and missing her graduation ceremony for the junior race walk nationals, Michta-Coffey enrolled at LIU Post, where she earned her bachelors in biology. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA—her class’s valedictorian. Michta-Coffey then moved on to graduate school, attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences.Her performance on the athletic side of things has earned her a trip to Rio, where she’ll be competing among the world’s very best race walkers for a chance to medal at the Olympics.Michta-Coffey is where she is now due in large part to a tireless work ethic and setting both short-term and long-term goals. Her academic status in conjunction with a jam packed training regimen proves this.She’s at the top of her game, making strides in the bio-medical field while keeping another high end goal in mind: to be the best race walker she could be. This culminated in an Olympic bid when she qualified for her first trip to the Olympic games in London, during the summer of 2012. She said it’s a dream that couldn’t have come true without her Long Island-based support system.“To see my family here, to see my high school and race walk coaches… It’s really special to see these guys here,” Michta Coffey said. “When I’m racing, I’m racing with you guys and for you guys. Nothing I’ve ever accomplished has been done on my own… [family, coaches and friends] have been there every step of the way.”THE SAILORBora Gulari is a skipper on the U.S Olympic sailing team. Originally born in Istanbul Turkey, Gulari moved with his family to Long Island when he was a child as his parents did their post-doctoral work at Stony Brook University.Gulari was introduced to windsurfing by his parents at age 4. He later moved to Michigan. It wasn’t until he graduated from the University of Michigan that he took up sailing.In Rio, he’ll be competing in the two-person mixed multi-hull event with his teammate, Louisa Chafee, daughter of ex-Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, on their Nacra 17, a high-speed catamaran.“I’m proud to represent my country, I feel like the hard work has just begun,” Gulari said. “My heart might flutter a little bit, but it will mean a lot. I’m really proud.”How many of LI’s five Olympians will bring home the gold? Stay tuned.last_img read more

Police, firefighters earn their overtime

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Jan. 24 letter, “Unlink police overtime, pension benefits”: Mr. Bernard Burns contends that there are shenanigans going on with the fire department and the police department padding the pension of retiring employees. I would like to offer a difference of opinion. Yes, it’s true the top earners seem to be the same folks each year. If I were to surmise, the high-earning rank-and-file are senior employees with more knowledge, experience and the ability to handle making tough decisions that could have life-and-death consequences.Everyone knows working long hours causes stress and fatigue. So, yes, the senior employees make more money and so the overtime they work is paid at a higher rate.I think it’s a wise expenditure when you consider the hazardous situations our firefighters and police encounter on a daily basis. So these brave men and women volunteer to work overtime in hazardous conditions to keep our city safe. I wonder if Mr. Burns’s job is so dangerous that he would be willing to sacrifice his life for his fellow man, as our fire and police personnel do. I’m willing to bet my paycheck that the lower-ranking police and fireman get overtime; they just don’t earn as much as the senior employees do, so you don’t see their names in the paper.  So the word on your street in Rotterdam is how city employees pad their pensions. I wonder if you be so critical if you actually lived in the city these brave servants work.Maybe he should research Rotterdam’s top-paid employees.I would also like to mention that Police Chief Eric Clifford is now a salaried employee, so he does not get overtime. But I’m sure Mr. Burns knew that. I would like to thank police, firefighters and first responders for running into the battle when people are running out.My prayers and thoughts are with you each day.Robert SponableSchenectadyThe writer’s father-in-law is a retired Albany police officer. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Respect people and their views

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I have been part of a campaign to brand Schoharie County as “the home of respect for all” (Gazette, Feb. 20). Here is what we hope to accomplish.Importantly, we don’t use “respect” in the sense of admiration or esteem. We aren’t claiming to admire everyone and everything, nor are we hoping that people will start doing that. Rather, we are using “respect” in its classical sense of due regard, as distinct from high regard. This is its meaning in the phrases “respect for the law” and “respect for ones enemies.” The value of this type of respect is best illustrated by the opposite approach, namely disrespect. In cases of prejudice, bullying and related examples, behavior is marked by misunderstanding or inappropriate responses, and the object of attention is deemed insignificant.Disrespectful behavior forsakes benefits to be gained from a welcoming, inclusive and positively engaging attitude. Research shows these benefits to be substantial. Disrespectful behavior also incurs needless costs of conflict, resentment and retaliation.So when we urge respect for all — including Donald Trump, Barack Obama, assault rifles, and climate change — we realize that these are not necessarily, or even possibly, the objects of any particular reader’s admiration.Yet, all are worthy of clear understanding and appropriate response. If they instead receive prejudging, contemptuous dismissal or other lack of due regard, it will be at the perpetrator’s expense and at the expense of us all.Glenn SandersSchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

NEST adds to list of investment beliefs as growth fund returns 4.4%

first_imgIt also amended its core investment belief on management style, backing alternative indexation processes over basic passive, although sticking with those being more advantageous than active management.The fund will also begin integrating valuation considerations of investments and put economic conditions and long-term market development at the heart of its allocation choices.NEST’s default investment strategy comprises four different funds, depending on where the member is in their retirement cycle.The foundation phase for younger members in their 20s, which invests in risk assets but more aversely for capital preservation, returned 3.67%, 2 percentage points above benchmark.Its main growth fund, in which some members can be invested for 30 years, returned 4.39%, slightly below its 4.67% benchmark, but close to 3 percentage points higher on a three-year basis.The fund comprises of a mixture of equities, accounting for around 50% of the portfolio, with other classes including property and high yield.NEST also recently announced the potential inclusion of emerging market equities in its growth fund, starting with an approximately 1.5% allocation.It selected two alternative indexed EM equity funds from HSBC Global Asset Management and Northern Trust Asset Management.Its higher-risk fund option, for members to choose outside of the default, returned 6.3% over the year and 9.84% on an annualised three-year basis.The lower-risk fund returned 0.39%, above its benchmark on both an annual and a three-year basis.However, NEST’s Sharia Fund option, for members of the Islamic faith, once again performed below its benchmark, returning 7.09% compared with 8.1%.The master trust said this was due to the lagging nature of Sharia-compliant investments.“There can be create greater tracking margins than you might find in non-Sharia funds,” it said. “The nature of Sharia-compliant investing means funds may not be changed immediately in order to exactly match the index.”The final overall asset allocation sees the fund with around 40% in developed market equities, 17% in property, 13.4% in UK corporate bonds and 12.3% in money market instruments, with additional allocations to global sovereign bonds, index-linked bonds and small-cap equities. The UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) returned a marginally below benchmark 4.4% over its 2013-14 period, with strong gains in developed market equities.The fund, which said this week it had reached £162m (€204m) from £104m at the end of March, has also made two additions to its investment beliefs for the coming year.NEST, created through state backing to service the development of auto enrolment, now has more than 1m contributing members, up from 81,000 a year earlier.In addition to its original seven investment beliefs, the fund has said an “appropriately resourced” in-house investment team would be the most beneficial to its members, hinting towards further growth in its internal capabilities.last_img read more

All the ways marijuana can hurt your health

first_imgNew York Post 22 May 2018Over the past six years, nine states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use. By year’s end, four more are set to make smoking a joint as innocent as drinking a glass of bourbon.Here in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio just called for ceasing marijuana arrests, and there’s a push for Albany to make it completely legal on the state level. Across the country, roughly six in 10 Americans (61 percent) say the use of marijuana should be legalized, according to a Pew Research Center survey in January.But even as the country seems poised to turn into one giant pot party, there are signs that commercialized mainstreaming of weed is not all peace, love and good vibes. While marijuana has shown to be helpful in getting addicts off opioids, staving off side effects of chemotherapy and treating insomnia, among other medical benefits, there are also health, legal and societal issues popping up as governments become more permissive. The long-term effects of legalization are unknown — and potentially dangerous.“It’s a giant experiment,” says Christian Hopfer, a professor of psychiatry at University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is co-leading a $5.5 million study of 5,000 sets of twins funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) on the impact that legalization has on mental health and substance use. It’s a much-needed examination since rigorous, large-scale research has been limited.“Smoke a couple times a day and marijuana will knock off your memory. That is pretty certain,” Hopfer says. “And there is no question that legalization has a normalizing effect on something that used to be against the law.”Hopfer disagrees with the rationale that people will smoke weed whether or not it’s legal.“By age 21, 98 percent of the population has had a drink. But only 10 percent of the population has tried cocaine, and 50 percent [have] tried marijuana,” he tells The Post.Especially troubling, he says, is that younger people are most vulnerable to the downsides.“If you start smoking pot as a teenager, you have a four times higher likelihood of getting addicted,” says Hopfer, who voted against legalization in Colorado. “The brain of a teenager is more sensitive to the effects than the brain of an adult would be. [Marijuana] is likely to have a more detrimental effect on kids.”Plus, some argue that marijuana can be a gateway to more detrimental substances, such as cocaine and prescription pills. According to a 2015 study conducted by researchers at Yale School of Medicine, using marijuana makes a person two and a half times more likely to abuse prescription opioids.And there is the danger of becoming addicted to marijuana itself. An estimated 3 million people suffer from marijuana use disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines that as significant impairment of functioning and distress, as well as symptoms such as cravings and difficulty stopping, resulting from using marijuana for at least a year.“You can’t stop and you give up other things to keep using,” Hopfer says. “People go to work stoned and are stoned with their loved ones. Performance in life and on the job both get negatively impacted.”Another major potential danger is an increase in cannabis-related traffic accidents and fatalities. According to an analysis by the Denver Post, the number of cannabis-related highway fatalities in Colorado has doubled since a law making recreational marijuana legal took effect in 2014. The Highway Loss Data Institute found that collisions reported to insurance companies are 2.7 percent higher in weed-legal states than in the no-smoke zones on their borders.Also of concern is that marijuana is stronger than ever — highly profitable and scientifically grown for maximum impact.What people are consuming now is the product of a weed “arms race,” Robert MacCoun, a drug policy expert at the University of California at Berkeley, has said.In the 1990s, THC levels ran in the range of 3.7 to 10 percent. These days, the average potency on the Colorado market is 18.7 percent, according to a lab test.It’s getting even higher to meet demand. “We’ve seen potency results in the high 20s to low 30s,” says Seth Wong, founder and president of TEQ Analytical Labs.While the strength might be good news for people who like to get comatose, for the majority of smokers, it can be quite dangerous. According to a study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2009, weed-driven psychotic episodes were more likely to be triggered by high-potency strains. study published by the Lancet in 2015 reported that patients using high-potency cannabis show a three-times increase in psychotic disorder risk.This may not sound like much until you consider that useful medications get pulled by the FDA when similar side effects happen in one-half of 1 percent of those who take it. Additionally, says Hopfer, there are other maladies that come with heavy weed smoking.“You lose your ability to organize information and there are weird, persistent vomiting syndromes [among serious smokers],” he says. “Marijuana represses nausea in small amounts” — and this makes the drug a godsend to people going through chemotherapy — “but it messes up your system for controlling nausea if you do too much of it. It creates persistent vomiting, and the only treatment is to stop using marijuana until the vomiting abates.”Essentially, Hopfer says, smoking weed is like “playing Russian roulette” with your health.The American Lung Association says that “smoke from marijuana combustion has been shown to contain many of the same toxins, irritants and carcinogens as tobacco smoke.”Many users now favor vaping with discreet pen-like instruments, instead of actually smoking pot. While research on the long-term health effects of vaping is limited, Hopfer expresses concern that it invariably means that the brain is getting hit with a higher percentage of THC. Some oils used for vaping are also more concentrated.Edibles have their unique drawbacks.“The dosing is weird,” says Hopfer. “People eat them and don’t get the effect right away. So they take more and might really lose it.”In Colorado, emergency room visits have been on the rise since the outlaw status was lifted. According to the Journal of Adolescent Health, visits to the Colorado ER by teenagers suffering from pot-related illnesses more than quadrupled between 2005 and 2015. (This increase may partly be the result of teens less fearful of getting arrested if they go to the hospital.)When mixed with stone-cold capitalism, legalization is making the consumption of weed increasingly compelling.“It is not unlike the tobacco industry in the 1960s,” says Hopfer. “There are marijuana-infused coffees and beers and foods … There are people who are chemically trying to modify marijuana to get you high quicker and bring you down quicker . . . You have an industry of chemists and professionals who are openly figuring out customer-pleasing formulations.”Still, a 2015 study published in Scientific Reports found that marijuana is far less toxic than alcohol or tobacco, and concluded that its dangers “may have been overestimated.”But Hopfer worries about potential long-term negative effects that we can’t imagine. And state legislatures have big issues to address when it comes to legalization, from age limits to potency labeling to managing second-hand smoke.“Twenty years ago, we were told that opiates were fine for pain,” Hopfer says. “Now all these people are addicted. Who knows where marijuana will be in 20 years?”Marijuana use by the numbers13 Percent of adult Americans who identify as marijuana users, according to a 2016 Gallup poll.7 Percent of Americans who identified as users in 2013, according to Gallup.138,000 People who sought voluntary treatment for marijuana use in 2015.77.44 Metric tons of marijuana consumed by New Yorkers every year, according to research from Seedo, a company that manufacturers hydroponic growing devices. That’s more than anywhere else in the world, according to the study.70.3 percent The share of illicit drug users whose first illicit drug was marijuana, according to a 2013 survey.6 The average loss in IQ points associated with heavy marijuana use in adolescence. Adults who smoke in their youth and then quit do not recover the points.3.8 The average percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC, the active chemical in marijuana) in confiscated weed in the early 1990s.12.2 The average percent of THC in confiscated marijuana in the 2014.54 Percent of adult marijuana users who are parents, per a Yahoo News and Marist College poll.*all stats from, unless otherwise noted up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Batesville 4th Graders Win Dirt Road League Title-6th Graders Place 3rd

first_img4th Grade Wins DRBL Tournament ChampionshipOwen Enneking and Cayden Drake both hit key free throws in the closing seconds to hold off the defending champions, Centerville by the score of 38-29 to claim the crown of DRBL Tournament Champions for the first time.  The tournament began with 22 4th grade teams across Southeastern Indiana and the Bulldogs showed they were the cream of the crop.  Coach Matt Enneking noted excellent team defense, superb togetherness on offense and tremendous focus, drive and leadership by the squad.  Cayden Drake led the team in scoring with 10, Owen Enneking had 9, William Kuisel 8, Brayden Maple 4, Lincoln Garrett 3, Caleb Mohr 2 and Landon Raver.In the semi-final contest, the Bulldogs cruised to a comfortable win over Greensburg 30-8 to advance to the title game.  Lincoln Garrett, Cayden Drake and William Kuisel led another well-balanced team effort offensively with 6 each, followed by Brayden Maple with 5, Trenton Jordan 2, Landon Raver 2, Caleb Mohr 2, and Owen Enneking 1.  Centerville defeated Eastern Hancock afterwards to set up a repeat showdown of last year’s championship contest.The Bulldogs completed an undefeated campaign in the DRBL completion going (18-0) in league play and improving to (19-4) overall.  The squad will be in action next weekend when they travel to Fishers, IN to compete in the Winter Festival against some of the best competition around the state.Congratulations Bulldogs!6th Grade Boys finish 3rdThe 6th Grade Bulldogs lost a tough one to Greensburg Blue 37-33 in the semi-finals of the Final Four on Sunday at the Tiernan Center at Richmond High School.  With the game tied, at 33 a controversial call on a loose ball at mid-court placed the Pirates at the free throw line.  After the Pirates made both free throws the Bulldogs called time out to set up a game winning play.  The Bulldogs worked the play very well and had a good look 3 point shot from Sam Johnson with 3 seconds left to win the game that came up short sending the Bulldogs to the consolation contest against Connersville.  Both teams struggled from the field with the Bulldogs shooting 36% to the Pirates 35%.  The rebound battle was virtually even, but the deciding factors were in foul discrepancy with the Bulldogs being whistled for 19 fouls and the Pirates only 6.  The Bulldogs have been solid all season getting to the free throw line where they typically make more than the opponent attempts, but on this day were outshot from the charity stripe 18-2.  Chris Lewis led the team in scoring with 15, Sam Johnson tallied 10, Bradley Wirth 4 while Gus Prickel and Jonathan Buschle rounded out the scoring with 2 each. Grunkemeyer led the team with 4 rebounds and Prickel had 4 assists.The youngsters had to put the tough loss immediately behind them as they turned around and played Connersville for the 3rd place contest.  The Bulldogs led 14-12 at half-time, but quickly trailed for most of the second half until the closing seconds.  With the score tied at 25, Jack Grunkemeyer rebounded a Bradley Wirth miss and laid it in with 8 seconds remaining.  The Bulldogs forced a Spartan turnover on the in-bounds play and closed out the scoring at the free throw line.  For the contest the team was led in scoring by Gus Prickel with 8, Chris Lewis 7, Johnathan Buschle 6, Sam Johnson 4, Jack Grunkemeyer 2 and Bradley Wirth 2.  Grunkemeyer had 5 rebounds, while Brendan Heiser and Gus Prickel tallied 2 assists.The 6th Grade record in DRBL play this season currently is (15-2) and overall (24-7) and will finish out DRBL play next Sunday at East Central Fieldhouse with games against North Decatur and Greensburg White that were postponed 2 weeks ago due to weather.5th Grade BlueBatesville Blue, 38, Rushville 8Batesville Blue 24, East Central 13The squad is now (13-8) on the season and will compete next weekend in the Winter Festival in Fishers.5th Grade WhiteJac-Cen-Del 23, Batesville White 19East Central 15, Batesville White 12The squad finishes the season (1-16)Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

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