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Late last year, for the first time in U.S. history, a watershed filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend its right to exist. Not a riverkeeper, nor a river advocacy organization—an actual watershed: the Little Mahoning in Pennsylvania.The Little Mahoning’s “rights to exist and flourish” was enacted into law by Pennsylvania’s Grant Township to protect the watershed and the community from fracking. It’s being challenged in court by Pennsylvania General Energy Company, who wants to frack in the Little Mahoning watershed.Does a river have rights? Over 200 communities across the country—including the city of Pittsburgh— think so. They have passed laws that recognize rights of rivers, forests, and ecosystems to exist.Most often, these rights of nature are enacted to protect a community from an environmental threat: factory farms, water privatization, sewage sludging of farmland, and especially lately, fracking. Pittsburgh’s ordinance explicitly elevates the rights of nature over corporate rights and bans fracking within its watersheds.The rights of nature movement is spreading beyond our borders. Ecuador ratified the world’s first constitutional rights of nature in 2008. India is considering enacting rights for the sacred Ganges River.In the past century, we have widened our circle of inclusion to encompass women’s rights, civil rights, gay rights, and even the rights of endangered species. Can we expand the circle to include all of nature? Or is that overreaching?Corporations claim that neither a town nor a river can overrule state or federal laws, which give them the right to frack, mine, inject, pipe, dam, and drill across most of the country. And who decides what a river wants anyway? Who actually speaks for the trees, and do we want them all to have a voice?This is about recognizing the rights of ecosystems to exist and thrive so that human actions do not threaten the long-term survival of the system upon which we depend, says Mari Margil, associate director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has spearheaded the rights of nature movement. “A river has the right to flow. Fish and other species in a river have the right to exist and evolve. And the plants and animals that depend on a river have the right to thrive.”Margil says that existing environmental laws and regulatory agencies are failing colossally to safeguard our health. The broken system mostly perpetuates the rights of corporations to frack, mine, and drill. By legally enshrining basic rights of nature, communities are revolutionizing the fight to protect the environment and themselves.“When state and federal laws prevent towns from protecting themselves, communities are deciding to make their own laws and take a stand for the health of their human and natural communities,” says Margil.The Little Mahoning is a small creek, but it’s already making a big splash. If the courts uphold its right to exist, it will ironically give people more power. Our health has always depended on the health of our ecosystems. We’re not going to be able to protect one without the other.
One goal is to promote the importance of judicial independence to the public Board approves three-year strategic plan Board approves three-year strategic plan January 15, 2006 Regular News When lawyers and judges talk about judicial independence, the public may not be hearing the same message the legal professionals think they are conveying.President-elect Hank Coxe cited that as an example of the difficulties the Bar will face in pursuing its strategic plan. Coxe presented the plan for the next three Bar fiscal years at the Board of Governors’ December 16 meeting. The board approved the plan.One of the goals is promoting the importance of the judicial branch and judicial independence to the public. But Coxe said a recent poll conducted by the State Bar of Georgia found that lawyers and the public have different definitions of judicial independence.“One of the things they came to a conclusion on. . . was that the phrase judicial independence strikes a negative note with the public,” he said. “The term judicial independence [to the public] denotes free-wheeling, do-their-own-thing, when-they-want-to judges.”Terms the public does respond to positively are “fair” and “impartial,” Coxe reported.“We need to look at how we deal with the public to ensure judges are separate, equal, and independent — independent in how we understand the term,” he said.The strategic plan, Coxe said, is prepared by the Bar’s Long Range Planning Committee, which is the Executive Committee with some additional members. It has an annual retreat which includes in-depth discussions, with a facilitator, of where the Bar is and where it is going.The committee seeks to provide continuity and stability for an organization that has a different president — perhaps with different priorities — each year, he said. He noted the plan not only includes goals, but ways for measuring whether those goals have been achieved.The plan addresses the 2005-06, 2006-07, and 2007-08 fiscal years. Goals include supporting adequate funding for courts, getting funding for new judges, encouraging legislative candidates who support judicial independence, monitoring judicial nominating commissions, having the board deal with the recommendations of the Special Committee on Lawyer Regulation, working with the Supreme Court as it considers just-filed recommendations to amend Bar advertising rules, and continuing to educate the public about the importance of the judicial system.Internally, the plan calls for the Bar to continue seeking ways to involve members in Bar work and help them in their practices. That includes continuing diversity efforts, improving the Bar Web site as a tool to help members, and continuing Bar advocacy on core legal issues.
By Ryan ClarkLANSING, Minn. (Sept. 13) – Damon Murty took advantage of a late restart to drive to victory in Friday’s Border War special for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars at Chateau Raceway. Murty, who started seventh, raced the low side into third place six laps into the event before a caution slowed action.After working his way through traffic racing the low groove, Murty restarted on the outside of row two following the final stoppage just past the midway point of the 20-lapper. He shot to the inside of race-long leader Scott Pippert when the frontrunner pushed entering turns one and two after the green flag was displayed.Murty escaped down the back stretch with the lead and then paced the field for the remainder of the event to earn the $1,000 payday.The event was originally billed as the Spring Challenge, but was rescheduled numerous times throughout the season due to inclement weather. Feature results – 1. Damon Murty; 2. Lynn Panos; 3. Shay Curtin; 4. Andy Altenburg; 5. Chad Palmer; 6. Dan Mackenthun; 7. Jeff McCollum; 8. Ryan Goergen; 9. Scott Pippert; 10. Chris Adams; 11. Heath Tulp; 12. Travis Shipman; 13. David Moriarty; 14. Blake Cole; 15. Austin Curtin; 16. Kellie Schmit; 17. Brandon Vogt; 18. Mike Jergens; 19. Chris Wiltse; 20. Kevin Vogt; 21. Larry Portis.30
The 1/4-mile mountainside Path Valley track at Spring Run will see IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars in an action-packed Saturday, June 13 program. Gates open at 4 p.m. with warm-ups beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for students 10 and under. By Frank Buhrman Social distancing norms will be observed at the Port (masks optional), but no waivers will be required. COVID-19 waiver forms will be required Saturday and may be printed out from the track website and completed in advance. Social distancing standards will be observed with masks optional. This will be the first of five Path Valley races on the 2020 PASS schedule; early registration showed 26 teams already planning to attend. Port Royal Speedway will be hosting its first races this weekend at the historic Juniata County Fairgrounds in Port Royal. Gates open Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m. with racing set to start at 6 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Pit passes are $30. SPRING RUN, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Sprint Series will race at both Path Valley Motor Speedway and Port Royal Speedway this weekend, its first “double” in the corona virus-delayed 2020 season. This race will make up for one of the Port dates lost during the virus shutdown for sports; Port Royal generally draws the largest average fields of any regular PASS track.
HENRIETTA FC completely dominated their counterparts Good Hope FC with a convincing 19-0 defeat during the 6th round of the GFF/NAMILCO Under-17 football tournament played on Sunday at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground.Watched by a fair-sized crowd, Henrietta FC opened their account in the 7th minute when Jemain Bowen netted one of his two goals. The consistent Christian Bacchus then followed in the 15th to register his first of four goals. The onslaught continued when Denzel Haynes scored in the 16th while top scorer Ariel Chester registered his first of six goals in the 19th minute.Bowen was again on the score sheet in the 21st minute while Ezekiel Scott found the net in the 23rd. Chester was unstoppable and scored again in the 26th and 37th minutes while Bacchus enjoyed further success in the 41st and 43rd minutes to give Henrietta FC an unassailable lead of 10-0 at halftime.When play resumed, Scott pierced the net in the 47th minute and Chester in the 49th. Bacchus then had his 4th in the 58th minute before an injury caused him to leave the field for medical attention.However, the goal spree continued with Leonard Smith striking in the 60th while Scott had another 7 minutes later. Chester capped an outstanding day with his fifth in the 72nd and another in the 75th to be the leading scorer with six goals.Scott fired in another in the 76th to end with four goals while Clifton Boston registered the final goal in the 80th minute to completely humiliate Good Hope FC, 19-0.The next round will be played this Saturday at various venues across the Essequibo Coast.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was an angry man after the 3-3 draw at Chelsea despite his team’s dramatic fightback from three down.He was furious United were not given a penalty when the game was finely poised at 0-0.Gary Cahill appeared to foul Danny Welback but referee Howard Webb did not award a spot-kick.AdChoices广告“It’s two points dropped because we played so well, other than the 10 minutes after half-time. It’s not easy getting back from 3-0 down – that’s a massive effort from my players,” Ferguson told Sky Sports.“It was a sending off. The linesman has given two penalties against us at Old Trafford in the last two years – one against Arsenal and one against Liverpool – from 45 yards away, but he can’t see that? I don’t blame Howard Webb. I blame the assistant.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In summer, there’s baseball; in fall, you get football; and in winter, it’s basketball. But what about spring?Spring and… football? They’re two words that just don’t seem to go together, unless of course you happen to be a part of a Division I college football program.The annual spring football games are nothing more than glorified scrimmages in which teammates go head-to-head in an effort to showcase their comparative talent.Still, thousands of fans flocked to stadiums across the country this month to catch even the slightest glimpse of what their respective teams might look like in the fall. In return, the teams give the fans what they want: football.It seems people in this country just cannot get enough of football these days. Even on a day in the middle of April when they could be enjoying the outdoors, hitting the links or taking in a ballgame, many Americans apparently would rather watch their favorite college program’s first string dismantle the backups.This is the biggest problem in the spring football game at the University of Wisconsin. Rather than pit offensive and defensive starters on opposite teams, they put them together to run up the score against the second-stringers.So really, when you have a guy like Zach Brown racking up 110 yards on just 14 carries Saturday, can you really learn anything from such a feat?The short answer is no.Sure, Brown can carry the ball for nearly eight yards per carry against guys that aren’t likely to start a game all season, but can he do it against a Big Ten-caliber defense? Well, the first step in figuring that out would be to have him face the No. 1 defense.And it’s not like they don’t practice against the defensive starters in a regular practice setting anyway. So, if the offense is used to going against a tougher caliber of defender to begin with, why make it easy on them in the spring game?Perhaps, it’s done to build the confidence of the No. 1 offense. Or, perhaps, they believe the No. 2 line will learn more from facing the first-string than the first-string will lose from facing the second-string.Regardless of the basis of such a decision, it seems to be a poor one.Likewise, the Badgers’ No. 1 defense impressed in Saturday’s outing, not allowing a single offensive touchdown while recording seven “sacks.” But does it really matter if J.J. Watt and O’Brien Schofield can get two hands on backups Jon Budmayr and Scott Tolzien?Or would it be more useful for everyone involved to see how Watt and Schofield fare against the No. 1 offensive line and quarterbacks Curt Phillips and Dustin Sherer?It’s likely the latter would be more effective practice for all players involved, and though there may not be nearly as many points scored, it would be more exciting for fans as well.Aside from the lack of marquee matchups (Jaevery McFadden versus John Clay, anyone?), the biggest hole in the concept of the spring football game is the game atmosphere.Fans who want to watch their teams scrimmage in the month of April still appear to be in the minority, leaving two-thirds of Camp Randall Stadium roped off and empty for the game Saturday. And when it started raining in the second quarter, many in the (roughly) estimated crowd of 23,500 at the free event headed for cover, and eventually the exits.With what appeared to be fewer than 5,000 fans remaining for the second half, the “game” then felt exactly like what it really was: the 15th of 15 spring football practices.Still, fans can’t be blamed too much for leaving early. With kickoffs eliminated and punt returns limited to fair catches, all the intensity that usually surrounds a change of possession was stripped from the game in the name of safety.Maybe, instead the Badgers could have instituted a similar rule on kickoffs as they had with quarterback sacks. Rather than risk injury with a tackle, blow the play dead when a defender touches the ball carrier.Sure, this might eliminate some of the more impressive returns that come after initial contact, but if a returner manages to sprint down the sideline untouched, it will bring immensely more excitement to the spring game than starting each possession at the 30-yard line.Unfortunately, because of the nature of the game of football, we’ll have to wait until September to see any real-game action. Until then, there’s always baseball, right?Jordan is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Think Saturday’s spring game could have been better? Let him know at email@example.com.
John Carlson (left), a junior majoring in biochemistry, and Iris Ryu (right), a junior majoring in industrial systems engineering, make mochi Thursday in front of Tommy Trojan to celebrate Bunjasai Day. The event, hosted by the Japanese Student Association, was part of the International Student Assembly’s Culture Month.Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojan
Brian Polak, a third-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic writing, is well on his way to becoming one of the United States’ most acclaimed young playwrights.Write stuff · Third-year graduate student Brian Polak will travel to the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival to see two of his plays performed. – Photo courtesy of Brian Polak Polak was recently recognized for his written plays by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The aspiring writer entered two of his works — a full-length play and a short play — in the 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The festival, which will take place April 14-19 in D.C., is a national program involving 18,000 students from more than 600 academic institutions.Polak’s full-length play, Henry and the Hippocampus, has already been awarded the festival’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for an outstanding student-written script exploring the experience of living with disability.The play, originally inspired by a National Public Radio story about a man who spent the last 50 years of his life unable to create new memories, tells the story of a man named Henry who has a similar affliction. The story follows the journey that Henry, his wife and his doctor take to try and rebuild his ability to form memories.Polak said that writing the play was challenging due to Henry’s neurological state.“When we watch plays or movies, we like to watch a character kind of go on a journey, change and become a different person,” Polak said. “But here we have this character who medically cannot do that.”When Polak attends the festival in April, in addition to accepting his award, he will have the opportunity to see an excerpt of Henry and the Hippocampus performed.Polak’s short play War Profits will also be performed at the festival. War Profits was loosely inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children, and follows two U.S. soldiers in Iraq in 2007 who become disillusioned with the war they agreed to fight and decide to go AWOL.“One of the themes that I’m exploring in several of my plays right now is my relationship to my country,” Polak said. “War isn’t what we see in the news every day. It’s much more complicated … so I decided to create these characters who, once the dirtiness and the scariness and the messiness was revealed to them, they were like, ‘I don’t like this, I can’t do this anymore.’”Polak’s success as a playwright stemmed from his foray into theater shortly after receiving his B.A. in philosophy from Marymount University. When he was working full-time, Polak started to get involved in acting classes, improvisational comedy and traditional theater on the side.“I’m not actually very good at acting,” Polak said. “It became my creative outlet, but I never felt comfortable doing it because it never felt right; something felt amiss.”Once he realized this, Polak started searching for alternative creative outlets and he soon found himself writing.“I didn’t really know what I was doing,” he said. “I just knew that I was doing plays as an actor, so why not try to write them?”While still in the early stages of pursuing a writing career, Polak met his future wife who encouraged him to take writing more seriously.“[My wife] was a writer, and all her friends were writers, and they were like serious, dedicated writers,” Polak said. “I learned [from her] what it really meant to be a writer … It’s a serious art form.”Several years later, after Polak had spent time developing his craft, he and his wife moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after the move, Polak wanted to study playwriting in a formal academic setting.“I never had anything I wanted to study before,” he said. “It took me many years to realize that there is this thing that I care about and I love, and it’s playwriting.”During his time at USC, Polak has been free of the many distractions that would otherwise take him away from what he loves best: writing.“[Being at USC] has helped me focus my attention on my writing in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do as the writer I was before I came to grad school, where I was writing in the morning and then going to work,” Polak said.In addition to the time he has to work on his own writing, Polak says he also has time to engage with professors and other students who can offer him feedback and additional readings to fuel his growth as a writer.“Writing gives me this closeness to the world,” Polak said. “My hope is that when I graduate I’ll be able to start living a life in the theater and presenting these plays publicly for an audience, with the hope that the audience will feel that same closeness to the world that I’m feeling writing.”USC audiences can hear a reading of Henry and the Hippocampus presented at McClintock Theatre as part of the School of Dramatic Arts New Works Festival on May 28-31.