Justice Friday discusses US Homeless Veterans

first_imgAs Sept. 11 approached, this week’s Justice Friday installment, presented by Saint Mary’s junior and Justice Education Social Relations Officer Alex Shambery, served as a way to promote social awareness for Homeless U.S. Veterans.Shambery began by sharing statistics she found through the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) website.“Eleven percent of homeless adults are veterans,” she said. “Of those 11 percent, 51 percent have disabilities and 50 percent have serious mental illnesses. Seventy percent have substance abuse which ties into mental illness issues.”In the bigger picture, Shambery said 1.4 million veterans are at risk of living in poverty.“About 40,000 veterans are homeless on any given night,” she said. “America’s homeless veterans have been in World War II, the Korean War, The Cold War and Vietnam.”According to Shambery, one-third of the veterans who are homeless were directly in these war zones, although she added these numbers are approximations.“There’s no way of getting a very specific number,” she said. “It’s usually based on average and information they get from homeless shelters.”All of these statistics raises the question as to why these veterans are homeless. Shambery said the main reason is due to a lack of support.“Mainly because of an extreme shortage in affordable housing and a lack of family and social support,” she said. “You train to go over there and dedicate your life to try and save your country and then you come back and people tell you that your experience won’t help you find a job in America.”Saint Mary’s junior Alex Morales said she recently talked to someone who found himself in a similar situation after being deployed.“He said it almost felt like what would happen if you would die,” Morales said. “He said you lose all of those connections. It’s a weird gray area. I think it just spirals from there.”Justice Education president and senior Caylin McCallick agreed with Morales.“The training in the military isn’t necessarily transferring,” McCallick said. “When I was in ROTC, one of my military instructors was a captain in the army. He was an army ranger, but he couldn’t get a job better than working in a factory.”Shambery said it is the duty of students to reach out through volunteering at homeless shelters. In South Bend specifically she suggested the Center for the Homeless and the Robert L. Miller Senior Veterans Center.“A lot of people think the government is going to take care of it, but it’s all of our issues,” Shambery said. “Make a donation. If you can’t make a financial donation you can always donate your time. They’re going overseas to fight for us. An hour a week is nothing compared to what they’ve done for us.”Justice Education vice president and senior Katie Dwyer said spreading awareness among the community is key in helping the veterans.“I think it’s out of sight out of mind,” Dwyer said. “I think the first thing we should do is spread more awareness about it.”“[Veterans]need basic physical health care, counseling, job assessment, training, placement and assistance,” Shambery said. “But a top priority is a secure, safe, and supportive environment free of drugs and alcohol.”Justice Education secretary and junior Morgan Matthews said students can help give veterans part of the supportive environment they need by merely spending some time with them.“They are coming from a life style that is hectic,” Matthews said. “Then they come to a life of boredom in comparison.”“I think that’s where we as students should come in,” Shambery said. “We’re not family members, but we can provide that support for them — at least the social support aspect.”“I think also what needs to be established is veteran-on-veteran support,” Matthews said. “You can sit with a veteran for as long as you want and try to understand, but I think in some cases it might not be enough compared to veteran on veteran.”Since 2005, Shambery said the number of homeless veterans has been reduced by 70 percent since 2005, but she emphasized that this is not good enough.“We need to get all our homeless vets off the street,” Shamberry said.Tags: Justice Fridays, Saint Mary’s College, Veteranslast_img read more

Giants ready to embrace ‘opener’ strategy, other alternative pitching methods

first_imgLAS VEGAS–As teams around baseball embraced a radical new pitching strategy in 2018, Giants manager Bruce Bochy was quick to voice his skepticism.Would Bochy consider using a reliever, or “opener,” to start a game and record just three outs before the Giants dipped into their bullpen? The longest-tenured manager in baseball didn’t exactly buy into the idea.Under new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, Bochy will be asked to adapt.On the second day of Major League Baseball’s Winter …last_img

JSE celebrates 120 years

first_img8 November 2007South Africa’s stock exchange, ranked among the top 20 exchanges worldwide in terms of market capitalisation, celebrated its 120th birthday on Thursday.The JSE Limited – originally the Johannesburg Stock Exchange – was established on 8 November 1887, a year after the discovery of gold on the Witwatersrand, to raise capital for mining operations.Today the JSE’s total market capitalisation is over R6-trillion, with approximately 400 companies listed. Seventeen of these companies listed between July and September, raising R1.6-billion in capital – in sharp contrast to a 22% decline in listings worldwide in the third quarter.In 2006, foreigners bought a record net R73.7-billion worth of shares on the JSE, the exchange’s All Share index rocketed 38%, and its AltX exchange for smaller companies reached critical mass just three years after its birth.According to JSE chief executive Russell Loubser, recent years have seen investors extending their interest beyond the vibrant equity market, to the point where derivatives trading now accounts for more than 20% of the JSE’s revenue.This year, the JSE overtook its Indian counterpart as operating the largest single stock futures (SSF) market in the world in terms of volume of contracts traded.The JSE’s other markets, all created in the last decade to meet the needs of specific investors, include Africa’s most active agricultural products market, and an interest rate exchange, Yield-X, which is the first of its kind in the world for trading both the cash spot bond as well as interest rate derivative products on one trading platform.The JSE also launched a currency futures market this year, allowing individuals to trade in the currency futures market through a regulated exchange for the first time in South Africa.And on 2 April, the London Stock Exchange’s new TradElect trading platform had its world debut in Johannesburg after the LSE extended its IT contract with the JSE for a further five years.The JSE’s emphasis over the last 10 years, Loubser said in a statement on Wednesday, “has been to focus on ensuring that we have quality issuers to offer both local investors and an increasingly international market.“With investors becoming more discerning, it is quality rather than quantity that counts.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Trump Administration announces withdraw of GIPSA rules

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump administration announced it will withdraw regulations related to the buying and selling of livestock, a move strongly commended by a number of livestock groups that opposed the Obama-era rules.“This is a victory for America’s cattle and beef producers — and it’s a victory for America’s consumers. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue deserves a great deal of thanks and credit for this smart decision,” said Colin Woodall, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “The proposed rule would have crippled cattle producers’ ability to market their products through the value-added programs that help make American-produced beef the most delicious and nutritious in the world. This is a decision worthy of celebrating this evening with a top-quality steak.”The decision came about when Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue decided not to move forward with an interim final rule of the so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules, which was written in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). The agency also announced it will take no further action on a proposed regulation of the Farmer Fair Practices Rules.“We’re very pleased that the secretary will withdraw these bad regulations, which would have had a devastating impact on America’s pork producers,” said Ken Maschhoff, National Pork Producers Council president. “The regulations would have restricted the buying and selling of livestock, led to consolidation of the livestock industry — putting farmers out of business — and increased consumer prices for meat.”The interim final rule would have broadened the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act (PSA) of 1921 related to using “unfair, unjustly discriminatory or deceptive practices” and to giving “undue or unreasonable preferences or advantages.” Specifically, it would have made such actions per se violations of federal law even if they didn’t harm competition or cause competitive injury, prerequisites for winning PSA cases. (The proposed rule would have defined the terms in the interim final rule.)USDA in 2010 proposed several PSA provisions – collectively known as the GIPSA Rule – that Congress mandated in the 2008 Farm Bill. Although lawmakers did not include a provision eliminating the need to prove a competitive injury to win a PSA lawsuit, the agency included one in its proposed regulation.“Eliminating the need to prove injury to competition would have prompted an explosion in PSA lawsuits by turning every contract dispute into a federal case subject to triple damages,” Maschhoff said. “The inevitable costs associated with that and the legal uncertainty it would have created likely would have caused further vertical integration of our industry and driven packers to own more of their own hogs.“That would have reduced competition, stifled innovation and provided no benefits to anyone other than trial lawyers and activist groups that no doubt would have used the rule to attack the livestock industry.”An Informa Economics study found that the 2010 GIPSA Rule today would have cost the U.S. pork industry more than $420 million annually — more than $4 per hog — with most of the costs related to PSA lawsuits brought under the “no competitive injury” provision included in the interim final rule.The GIPSA Farmer Fair Practices Rules did have supporters, including the National Farmers Union (NFU).“It is deeply disappointing that USDA did not side with family farmers in the long-contested debate over rules for the Packers and Stockyards Act. The Farmer Fair Practices Rules offered a basic, yet important first step to addressing the unfair practice that family farmers and ranchers face in the extremely consolidated meatpacking industries,” Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU) president. “The withdrawal of the competitive injury rule is unjustified, given the long-held, plain language interpretation by the Department that growers do not need to prove harm to the entire industry when seeking relief from poultry companies for unfair contract practices. It is particularly egregious given the abuses that poultry growers face in the vertically integrated marketplace.“With this decision, USDA has given the green light to the few multinational meatpackers that dominate the market to discriminate against family farmers. As the administration has signaled its intent to side with the meat and poultry giants, NFU will pursue congressional action that addresses competition issues and protects family farmers and ranchers.”last_img read more

13 killed as vehicle falls into gorge in Uttarakhand

first_imgThirteen persons were killed and two others injured on Monday when a tempo traveller fell into a 200-metre deep gorge in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district following landslide. The incident occurred at Shanglai, about 8 km beyond Bhatwari in the district on the Rishikesh-Gangotri highway, when the tempo traveller, carrying 15 passengers, was returning from Gangotri, District Disaster Management officer Devendra Patwal said. The vehicle fell into the gorge as the driver lost control over it following landslide which brought a heap of debris on the road, he said. The tempo landed just a few yards of the Bhagirathi river, which flows near the spot. All the 13 bodies, including three of women, have been recovered, the official said. Two girls, aged 13 and 15 years, who were injured in the incident, have been referred from a district hospital Uttarkashi to a hospital in Dehradun, he said. They were brought in an ambulance to Dehradun as they could not be flown in a chopper due to bad weather, he said, adding that all the victims were locals.last_img read more