Top 14: Losing away from home accepted

first_imgBrive’s French hooker François Da Ros (bottom) vies with Oyonnax’s British flanker Joe El Abd during a French Top 14 rugby union match between Oyonnax and Brive on November 30, 2013 at the Charles-Mathon Stadium in Oyonnax. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Blasting big boys: Grenoble beat Toulouse at the weekend, meaning Toulouse haven’t won away at all this seasonBy Gavin MortimerHere’s a stat to chew on. Five clubs in the Top 14 this season have failed to score points in a match, the clubs in question being Bayonne (55-0 vs Clermont); Toulouse (25-0 vs Montpellier); Castres (34-0 vs Brive); Biarritz (39-0 vs Castres) and Toulon (23-0 vs Stade Francais).In contrast, no club in the Rabo 12 has finished pointless this season and only one – Newcastle – has failed to trouble the scorers in the Aviva Premiership.The common thread running through all five defeats is they were on the road, but what’s most extraordinary is that three of the teams humiliated away from home are currently in the top six of the Top 14 – Toulon, Castres and Toulouse.Beating Bayonne: Castres’ Ibrahim Diarra celebrates a tryCan you imagine Saracens or Leinster, Munster or Leicester failing to register a point in a league match? It’s unthinkable. Yet a team as illustrious as Toulouse, a record four-time winner of the Heineken Cup, didn’t manage to slot so much as a penalty in Montpellier, while on Saturday an abject Toulon side slumped to a 23-0 defeat to Stade Francais in Paris. In fairness to the reigning European champions they should have mustered six points but Frederic Michalak missed a couple of sitters on a miserable day for the fly-half. As Bernard Laporte said to reporters: “If I told you that Fred had had a good match, I’d be lying.”Still, at least Toulon have won once on their travels in the French championship this season, a feat that has so far eluded Toulouse, Oyonnax, Brive and Bayonne. (After nine rounds of the Aviva Premiership, only Worcester have yet to pick up a win on the road.) It says something about Toulouse’s mindset that nearly four months into the season they haven’t managed to win away but they are unbeaten at home – as are Castres, Toulon, Clermont, Stade Francais and Grenoble.This mindset is unique to France, and it’s something I discussed with Philippe Saint-Andre a few years ago when he was coaching Sale Sharks. Having begun his coaching career at Gloucester in 1998, Saint-Andre had returned to England after a short spell in charge of Bourgoin, so he was well-placed to comment on the contrasting approach. “Even in the professional era there is still a ‘win at home, lose away’ mentality in French rugby,” explained Saint-Andre of his time in Bourgoin. “When I was there about 60 per cent of the squad came from Bourgoin. At home the players were playing in front of their friends and family. They knew most of the spectators and knew they were playing for the honour of Bourgoin. It was as if they were ready to die for the town.”Away day blues: Brive lost to Oyonnax in round nineThe French call this l’esprit de clocher (literally, ‘the spirit of the bell tower’), meaning that it is the duty of anyone born within the sound of their town’s church bells to uphold its glory. As the former England wing Dan Luger said a few years ago, not long after he’d arrived at Perpignan: “One of the first things that struck me [was] the importance that they attach to defending your ground…a home defeat soon becomes a local tragedy. The corollary is that losing away is accepted too easily.”The fact that many clubs in the Top 14 are now full of foreigners is irrelevant. Towns such as Toulon, Castres and Clermont are tight-knit communities where the fortunes of the rugby club dominate conversations in the cafes and bistros. Players, be they French or foreign, live among the locals and they can’t pop down to the shops without running into a wide-eyed supporter. Toulon’s players will soon be forgiven for their abject display in Paris on Saturday, as they were last season when they were thrashed 41-0 away at Bordeaux. And a defeat away in Exeter in the Heineken Cup wouldn’t be the end of the world. But were they to lose at home to Montpellier on December 21, in the Mediterranean local derby…The Toulon faithful might well escort the squad to the top of the bell tower and invite them to take a jump.last_img read more

Hotshot: Northampton and England U20 fly-half James Grayson

first_imgRW VERDICT: A key member of England’s U20 squad, Grayson has benefited from more first-team game time at Northampton. His brothers are also in Saints’ Elite Player Development Group, so we could see all three lining up in the backs in a few years.This article originally appearing in the May 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tee time: James Grayson kicks a penalty for Northampton (Getty Images) I’ve always been a fly-half but sometimes my schoolmaster moved me to scrum-half to make me realise what went into getting me the ball. It helped my understanding.When did you first link up with Northampton? At 13. I joined the junior academy, then I got a senior academy contract two years ago. I love it here. It has been a frustrating year for the club, but I got a lot of opportunities earlier in the season and that integration into the senior squad has been really good.Are you looking forward to working with Chris Boyd? He’s worked with incredible talents. I’ll be picking his brain about Beauden Barrett and I’m excited to see what he brings.What’s your rugby highlight? My first Premiership start at Sale. It was a horrific night – wind, rain and sleet – but the pride of wearing the No 10 shirt for Northampton Saints was huge for me. Winning the Five Nations in 2016 with the U18s was awesome too.What do you do away from rugby? I’m doing work experience with my sponsors at the club, OCM Wealth Management, and I’ll go on to do some exams with them. From having a famous father to his love of cricket, get to know up-and-coming fly-half James Graysoncenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Northampton and England U20 fly-half James Grayson Date of birth 26 June 1998 Born Northampton Club Northampton Country England Position Fly-halfWhen did you first play? I always played in the back garden, but I was four when I went to my local club, Old Northamptonians, with my granddad. My dad (ex-England fly-half Paul Grayson) was at the World Cup and my mum also had my newly-born twin brothers to look after, so it was a good way to get me off my mum’s hands. I played for the club from four to 17.Did you get to watch your dad play? I remember him playing the Barbarians for England vividly and playing against Jonny Wilkinson and Newcastle; I ran out with my dad as a mascot and Northampton won.Is he good for advice? We always speak about games and when we talk rugby it’s not father and son, it’s more like he’s my coach. He’s really detailed and will pick out weaknesses as well as good things.Did you play any other sports growing up? Cricket – I still try to play the odd game when I can. Rugby was always the goal for me, but I’d recommend to any young sportsman to play as many ball games as you can. It helps you develop.Tight squeeze: James Grayson tries to break the Ireland U20 defence (Getty Images)What positions have you played? last_img read more

New Zealand: Maori Bible is given new life

first_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Comments are closed. Featured Jobs & Calls Anglican Communion Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group March 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm Michael,You may find this interesting. Good news from the Episcopal Church in the USA. We have a great Presiding Bishop. I have attended a meetng of our Diocese where she gave a great prformance. Te Rector Knoxville, TN Michael Edgar says: By Silke HendelPosted Mar 26, 2013 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Danella Wilson says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska March 30, 2013 at 2:16 am Where can I purchase Te Paipera Tapu (the Holy Bible in Maori. The Anglican Taonga that was launched 4 days ago please. Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL center_img Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Zealand: Maori Bible is given new life Rector Collierville, TN Rector Bath, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA [Anglican Taonga] Thirteen years in the making, a new edition of Te Paipera Tapu (the Holy Bible in Māori) has been launched at Te Rau College in Gisborne.A team from Bible Society New Zealand has been reformatting the Māori Bible for a new generation of Māori speakers. So a sense of joy and excitement at the launch was balanced by reverence and awe at the journey the Māori Scriptures have taken from the early 1800s to today.The new edition is a reformatted version of the current Māori translation, first published in 1952.To help Māori speakers, particularly second-language speakers, to better understand the text, Bible Society has added macrons to indicate long vowels.Along with macrons, the entire Bible has been reformatted into paragraphs, replacing the King James style in which each verse begins on a new line.“This task is much more difficult than it sounds, especially when it comes to books like the Psalms,” Stephen Pattemore, Bible Society’s translation services director, said.“Paragraphing brings a much more familiar look and feel to the text for today’s readers, who are likely to encounter paragraphs in almost everything they read.”Another small but detailed task was the insertion of speech marks. The 1952 edition did not have these, and so made it difficult to tell when someone was speaking.The new version also includes other carefully revised punctuation, section headings and maps, all aimed at aiding understanding.“These changes are more than the ‘emperor’s new clothes,’” Pattemore said.“They all help to make the text clearer and the message more understandable. That, combined with larger font and clearer print, makes a huge difference.”“The reformatting work is a means to an end,” explained Salvation Army Commissioner Donald Bell, who spoke at the launch as Bible Society New Zealand president.“The desired outcome of this project has always been to encourage and aid Māori in their engagement with the Bible. With the publication of this edition, we pray that more Māori will encounter God through the Bible and share his love in their communities.”The service was conducted entirely in Māori with four Bible passages read from the new edition. At the conclusion of the service, Archbishop Brown Turei blessed the new edition as it begins its journey to the hands of Māori speakers everywhere.Earlier, Commissioner Bell reported a marked increase in demand for Māori Scriptures since the reformatted New Testament was published in 2008.High pre-release demand for the full Bible edition shows there is no abating in the popularity of the Māori Bible. Comments (2) Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA last_img read more

Updating Breaking News: Motorcyclist who died in Apopka crash identified

first_img Updating Breaking News from Monday:From the Florida Highway PatrolThe Florida Highway Patrol Public Information Office has released the name of the deceased motorcyclist from yesterday’s crash on Ocoee Apopka Road. Zachary Winn, 20 of Orlando was traveling southbound on Ocoee Apopka Road at approximately 12:25 PM Monday when a pickup truck traveling northbound attempted to make a left turn to travel west on Beach Avenue. The front of Winn’s motorcycle struck the right side of the pickup.Wynn was transported to Orlando Regional Medical by the Apopka Fire Department and pronounced deceased at the hospital from the injuries sustained during the crash.No other injuries were reported.The crash remains under investigation. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply August 21, 2018 at 6:38 pm August 21, 2018 at 2:56 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Ms. Winn,I’m so sorry for your loss. I took the description of the crash directly from the Florida Highway Patrol’s report and then confirmed it afterward. I changed the spelling back to Winn. Apparently auto-correct changed it to the incorrect spelling. My apologies. My prayers are with you and your family. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Fire DepartmentFlorida Highway Patrol Previous articleAAA Study: Uber and Lyft ride-hailing twice the cost of car ownershipNext articleHurricane Irma: One year, and over $3 Billion later Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Melissa winn Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reggie Connell I’m the childs mother atleast get info right before you post it’s the drivers side front end that was hit and his last name is winn 2 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Competition for charities: win a new PC and monitor

first_img  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 16 January 2003 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AppiChar, the IT services/products supplier to charities and non-profit organisations, is running a free prize draw for registered charities.AppiChar is offering a new Fujitsu-Siemens PC and a flat-screen monitor in its free prize draw. It says the prize is worth £1,300.Entrants must be a registered UK charity, and AppiChar will accept only one entry per organisational site, although they will accept entrants from different locations within the same organisation. You simply need to fill in your name and contact details. Advertisement The closing date for entries is 14 February. Competition for charities: win a new PC and monitorlast_img read more

Pence Budget Priorities that Impact Agriculture

first_img Pence Budget Priorities that Impact Agriculture In his State of the State message this week, Governor Mike Pence outlined his priorities for the state budget. Education is the cornerstone of the budget, increasing funding for grades K-12 by 2 percent, or $134 million, in fiscal year 2016 and 1 percent, or $67 million, for fiscal year 2017. But Katrina Hall with Indiana Farm Bureau says where the funding for education goes is of interest to them, “We want to make sure that schools in rural communities get the funding they need to provide a quality education.” SHARE In addition, funding for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Locally Grown program and funding for a new animal science building at Purdue are also budget issues the ag community is watching closely. More details on the Governor’s ag budget priorities may be disclosed at the Governor’s Conference on Agriculture which gets underway on Friday in Indianapolis. Another issue important to Farm Bureau is funding for the Board of Animal Health. Hall pointed out that the BOH has seen its budget cut sharply in recent years and that has impaired its ability to serve the agricultural industry, “They have had to make cutbacks that impacted local meat processing plants at a time when there has been a high demand for locally produced and processed meat.”    SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Pence Budget Priorities that Impact Agriculturecenter_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 15, 2015 Facebook Twitter Pence Budget Priorities that Impact Agriculture Previous articleFree Trade with Cuba, One Step CloserNext articleOil Ends Sharply Lower Gary Truittlast_img read more

Modern Genetics Help Pave Way for Successful 2018

first_img Modern Genetics Help Pave Way for Successful 2018 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Modern Genetics Help Pave Way for Successful 2018 By Andy Eubank – Dec 5, 2018 Facebook Twitter Corn-and-soy-genetics-workingAnother year is in the books and it has been another year of positive performance by those amazing little corn and soybean seeds that sprout plants ready to take on the elements of a long growing season. This year a long harvest season also became an issue for Indiana growers, and those throughout the Midwest.“Throughout the Corn Belt I would say that this year was definitely variable when we talk about weather,” DEKALB Asgrow brand lead Pete Uitenbroek told HAT. “A lot of folks had a hard time getting the crop in the ground this spring and then it got hotter than normal in a lot of geographies throughout the year. Then it started raining and seemed like it wouldn’t dry out for folks to get the crop out, so I think there’s a fair amount who are just glad this year is behind them, but I will tell you that these products perform and we really feel good about the genetics that can weather that type of environment throughout the year.”Standability was an issue this harvest, but the genetics are providing plants that are better able to stay up until the combines arrive.“High end yield is always the goal, but harvestability and standability is a key component too. So, we hear our customers loud and clear and our local agronomy teams do a nice job of placing products to make sure they’re in the right environments. But there are certain things that you can’t plan for and that’s where you’ve got to make sure as you’re breeding you’re very proactive in selecting for those type of characteristics.”Uitenbroek said their DEKALB corn and Asgrow soybeans yielded very well this year but staying aware of the new options for 2019 is smart.“There are a few reasons,” he said. “There is certainly benefit in genetic diversity. As you think field to field and year to year you want to spread that risk out and make sure that you have a broad portfolio across your farms. I also think that you want to benefit from all the breeding and advancement that we do, and we really do bring new technology every year. We see breeding advancements every year that bring high yield potential, and I think it’s important as you think about your more productive soils that you tap into those acres with the best products available.”He said the DEKALB corn portfolio has thirty new hybrids coming next year. Five of those will include Disease Shield for protection against five yield-robbing diseases. Asgrow soybeans will be available in 34 new varieties. SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleControversy Remains with RFS Refinery ExemptionsNext articleFarm Show Exhibitor Count Surges as Show Nears Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Red ribbons bringing awareness

first_img The first Friday in February each year is National Go Red for Women and is a special day to bring awareness to the staggering facts of heart disease and stroke.Red has become the iconic symbol of the battle against heart disease and stroke in women. Wearing red is a reminder to all women to know their cardiovascular risks and take action to live longer, healthier lives, Mitchell said.Tomorrow will be Go Red for Women Day in Pike County and all women are encouraged to wear red to bring awareness that heart disease is the nunber on killer of women in America.The Red Cap Survivors’ Breakfast will be at Park Memorial United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. Saturday and the Pike County Heart Walk will be from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Troy Recreation Center. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip By Jaine Treadwell Red ribbons bringing awareness Email the author You Might Like Healthy: Mullins speaks at Chamber luncheon Andy Mullins director for the Center of Emergency Prepardness with ADPH, shared information about infectious diseases and the protocals that… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Mitchell said invitations have been mailed to heart and stroke survivors whose names have been made available.“The list of Pike County survivors of heart disease and stroke is in no way complete but we want all of those who are survivors to attend,” Mitchell said. “You don’t have to have reservations, just come and celebrate with us.”The annual Pike County Heart Walk will feature the Heart Walk, entertainment, food, fun and fellowship. Everyone is encouraged to make plans to attend and support the efforts to reduce the number of deaths from heart disease and stroke through awareness, prevention and treatment. Print Article Sponsored Content The ribbons are $10 each and may be purchased by calling 334-268-0810.The ribbons may be displayed by businesses or by residents in support of the Pike County Heart Association’s awareness campaign.“The funds raised by the sale of the ribbons will benefit the Pike County Heart Walk but the main purpose is to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke,” Mitchell said. Published 3:00 am Thursday, February 5, 2015 By Secrets Revealed Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The red ribbons decorating The Square in downtown Troy could be to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. They could be, but more than that, they are there to bring awareness to February as Heart Month, said Elizabeth Mitchell, chair of the board of the 2015 Pike County Chapter of the American Heart Association.“The idea behind the red ribbons is to bring awareness to heart disease, which is the number one killer of Americans today,” Mitchell said. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. About 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease every year. That’s one in every four deaths.”Mitchell said those statistics are the reason the Pike County Chapter of the American Heart Association is painting the town red for the month of February. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

USA: NNS Holds Change of Command Ceremony

first_img USA: NNS Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: holds View post tag: Command August 3, 2012 View post tag: Navy Authorities Naval Station Norfolk (NNS) held a change of command ceremony aboard the installation, Aug. 2.Capt. David Culler relieved Capt. Mary Jackson as the installion’s commanding officer. “He is well versed in the up-tempo, diversity and volume of this installation,” said Jackson. “He is leagues better than me, and will take our processes and mission accomplishment to the next level.”Culler and Jackson worked together during Jackson’s tenure as commanding officer, establishing the present NNS mission, and he is dedicated to continuing the standard of excellence the installation has achieved.“NNS is committed to the safety, security, and continuous improvement in the quality of life and quality of service to our warfighters and their families,” said Culler. “Failure is never an option.”Culler said his goal and challenge as commanding officer is to frequent the numerous commands housed on the installation.“Getting around more and visiting with the number of commands on board Naval Station Norfolk is challenging due to the size and scope of the installation,” said Culler. “but is critically important to understanding where we need to improve our services in order to better support the fleet, warfighters and their families.”Jackson took command of the world’s largest naval base in 2010. She will report to Navy Region Mid-Atlantic to serve as the chief of staff. She was awarded the Legion of Merit for her exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as executive and commanding officer, NNS, from April 2009 to August 2012.Rear Adm. Townsend Alexander, commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic; commended Jackson on her work during her time as commanding officer and welcomed her as his chief of staff.“Her vision and energy have left Naval Station Norfolk more ready, more relevant and more vital than ever before,” said Alexander.Jackson said, although a challenging position, she was extremely honored and humbled to be afforded this opportunity.“Since 1917, only 43 people have taken command of NNS,” said Jackson. “I can now truly appreciate the blood, sweat, and tears committed to ensuring a place like NNS runs as seamlessly as possible.”NNS houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces. Its 75 ships and 134 aircraft support European and Central Command theaters of operations and the Caribbean.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 3, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: change View post tag: NNS Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NNS Holds Change of Command Ceremony View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

Suit Seeks To Require Counsel For Kids In CHINS Cases

first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comA national child advocacy organization filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Indianapolis asserting that Indiana is violating the rights of abused and neglected children by failing to provide them legal counsel in children in need of services and termination of parental rights hearings.The 31-page complaint seeks to certify a class of more than 5,000 children, as well as declaratory and injunctive relief requiring the appointment of attorneys to represent children in CHINS proceedings and TPR cases. Such appointments are currently discretionary, according to the complaint, which illustrates problems that have arisen in cases where counsel was not appointed.The suit was filed on behalf of two foster children in Marion County, three in Lake County and five in Scott County, as well as their foster parents. In some cases, the suit says, unrepresented children in CHINS cases were shuttled between more than 20 foster homes before age 3 or deprived of adoptive parents because they had no voice in the process. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The suit claims the failure to routinely appoint counsel to children in Indiana CHINS and TPR cases violates their rights to due process and equal protection under the 14th Amendment. The complaint also says that although Indiana allows the children in CHINS and TPR proceedings to be appointed legal counsel, the appointment is not mandatory as it is in more than 30 states.“It is unlikely that a child who has been placed in dependency proceedings by the government will know that he or she has a right to be heard unless that right is explained to the child by an attorney,” the complaint says. “Even when a child knows his or her rights, without an attorney, the child is likely to give up and remain silent if his or her wishes are downplayed or disregarded at any point in the proceedings.”The suit is brought by the Children’s Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit operated by the University of San Diego School of Law, the San Francisco-based law firm of Morrison Foerster LLP and local counsel Kathleen DeLaney of DeLaney & DeLaney LLC in IndianapolisDelaney said in a statement that “systemic reform is needed to remedy the profound problems facing Indiana foster children” and that “fixing a glaring problem inside the courtroom, by providing legal representation to foster kids, is an obvious first step.”Morrison & Foerster lawyer Steve Keane said: “every child in dependency proceedings needs a voice and a way to protect his or her legal rights before his or her fate is adjudicated – that is a basic due process right protected by the constitution.”Spokespeople did not immediately reply to a message seeking comment from the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, which would represent named defendants Lake, Marion and Scott counties in this litigation.Indiana courts often appoint guardians ad litem or court-appointed special advocates to represent the interests of children in CHINS and TPR proceedings, but the suit says this isn’t enough. “Empirical studies have shown that children who are not represented by counsel are routinely erroneously deprived of their most fundamental protected interests, even when they have an appointed GAL or CASA,” the complaint says.The lawsuit is filed in Southern Indiana District Court just as the Indiana General Assembly is considering numerous child-welfare reform bills and as Indiana appellate courts have shown growing frustration with the denial of rights to stakeholders in CHINS and TPR cases.“The absolute discretion that Indiana trial courts currently have in appointing counsel for children results in inconsistent, unpredictable outcomes that leave children with no voice and no one to advocate for their legal rights,” the complaint says. “It is no wonder that the Indiana Court of Appeals recently stated that ‘there are repeated, significant violations of the due process occurring in termination of parental rights cases throughout this state. This is a disturbing trend given the fundamental rights at issue in these types of cases,’” the complaint says, citing A.A. v. Ind. Dep’t of Child Servs., 100 N.E.3d 708, 709 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018). “The court further stated that ‘[g]iven the fundamental due process rights at issue in termination of parental rights cases, affording litigants these fundamental due process rights is essential, including not only the litigants but also their children.’”last_img read more