Offense, defense in sync in Wisconsin’s victory

first_imgEven as the rain came down in droves Wednesday night, no amount of water could put out the fires of competition and urgency in the Wisconsin men’s soccer team.With only five games remaining on Wisconsin’s regular season schedule before the night began, defender Paul Yonga and the rest of the Badgers knew they had to start stringing together some wins to make a run at an NCAA tournament bid. And that’s exactly what UW (5-6-3, 1-2-0 Big Ten) did, as it toppled UW-Green Bay (2-9-3, 0-3-2 Horizon) 3-0 at the McClimon Soccer Complex.“We want to keep building momentum as we get into our last three games of the Big Ten and also going into the Big Ten tournament,” Yonga said. “So it’s big for us to get our first two-game win streak, and hopefully we can keep it going into Michigan State this weekend.”So far this season, Wisconsin has had trouble playing consistently and building off momentum, so Wednesday night’s game was crucial in that the Badgers developed their first winning streak of the year.A big part of that victory was the Wisconsin defense, which controlled the ball for a large portion of the game and limited the Phoenix to only four shots on goal. That Badger defense has been the focus of coach John Trask’s game plan, making sure his team is strong in the back before worrying about transitioning upfield on offense. And not only was Wisconsin strong in the back, but it also recorded the shutout.“All around I think we just did what we knew what we had to do,” Yonga said. “[That’s] what we’ve been working on for the last couple weeks, trying to keep our line tight in the back. Today it was good to get a victory and a shutout.”Defense is the best offenseAlthough Wisconsin had a defense-first approach to the game and earned the shutout, the offense also put on a show Wednesday night, recording the most goals in a game since the first game of the season against Memphis. But it was the defense that played a critical role by jump-starting the offense and providing quality looks for Chris Prince and the rest of the Badgers’ forwards.“We’re not really an offensive mindset team,” Prince said. “We’re more of a defense first, strong at the back and even defensive in the attacking third, and that’s what helps us lead to our good attack. I think that really helped us out today.”Throughout the course of the game, Trask experimented with his lineup, the most notable of these changes being the usual defender Yonga starting in the midfield. Trask placed Yonga there to help set the tone early with his energy and ability to win balls, which proved to be important when the Badgers struck for the first goal 25 minutes into the game.Having the lead for the entire game allowed Trask to move Yonga and other players around in the hope of finding a lineup pattern that will be successful the rest of the year. This rotation of players in different positions included defender Kyle McCrudden, who played several positions on the defensive backline for the Badgers over the course of the game.Ultimately, Trask discovered a look he likes with Yonga in the midfield and McCrudden on defense, one he believes will lead to even more success for the defense in the critical games that remain for Wisconsin.“We got [McCrudden] back in late, too, and moved Paul back up [to the midfield], so we like that look,” Trask said. “It seems to make us a little bit more dominant in that middle to midfield and we’re still stout in the back.”More importantly, that defensive look was able to secure a shutout and help a struggling offense find the back of the net. And in an in-state rivalry game and a must-win situation, the Badgers could not have asked for a better time for the offense and defense to hit their strides simultaneously.The Badgers’ success on both sides of the ball was due in large part to the seniors stepping up and recognizing their time is quickly fading. On Wednesday night, McCrudden’s solid defensive play and forward Jerry Maddi’s goal and assist were the senior performances that guided Wisconsin to victory.“Sometimes when seniors realize that it’s getting close to the end they find something in themselves,” Trask said.Aided by a few key seniors and air-tight defensive play, Wisconsin kept its hopes alive for a postseason berth.last_img read more

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Fulham interested in Bolton striker

first_imgFulham have made an approach to Bolton for striker Jermaine Beckford.The 30-year-old Jamaica international, from Ealing, previously played in west London for Wealdstone before spells with Leeds, Everton and Leicester.Fulham are also in talks with to sign Cardiff City defender Mark Hudson and Leeds United forward Matt Smith.Hudson, 32, is Cardiff’s club captain, while the 25-year-old Smith has attracted interest from a number of clubs.The Whites are attempting to offload Bryan Ruiz, Fernando Amorebieta and Hugo Rodallega on deadline day, while Alexander Kacaniklic is set to leave the club on loan.Sweden international Kacaniklic, 23, has previously spent time on loan at Watford and Burnley, and the club are keen for him to continue his development elsewhere.Costa Rica international Ruiz, 29, spent the majority of last season on loan at PSV Eindhoven, while defender Amorebieta and Rodallega are not part of manager Felix Magath’s plans.Rodallega has started just once in the Championship this season and Amorebieta is yet to feature at all.See also:Fulham keen for four players to goFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Humboldt State left tackle Alex Cappa eager to show his talent after getting Senior Bowl invite

first_imgArcata >> Throughout his four years as Humboldt State’s starting left tackle, football has taken Alex Cappa all across the country, from Southern California, up to Oregon and Washington and even all the way for a 2016 season opener in Tennessee.He’s about to add another destination to his list: Mobile, Alabama.Cappa’s road from 240-pound true freshman with plenty of upside to potential NFL Draft pick in 2018 will make a stop in the southeastern United States in the final week of January after …last_img read more

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Book: Darwin Centurions Join Forces Against ID Visigoths

first_imgA new book attacking intelligent design has chapters by most of the big names in evolutionary thought: Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, and others.  An introduction to the book Intelligent Thought: Science vs. the Intelligent Design Movement (ed. John Brockman, Vintage Press, May 2006), with a synopsis of each chapter, is available at The Edge.  The upshot is: materialistic Darwinism is the only scientific approach to origins, and the “bizarre” claims of “fundamentalists” with “beliefs consistent with those of the Middle Ages” must be opposed.  “The Visigoths are at the gates” of science, chanting that schools must teach the controversy, “when in actuality there is no debate, no controversy.”  You get the flavor of this book.OK, time for Battle of the Blurbs.  If they can summarize the points of each essay in a sentence or two, we can summarize some quick responses.  With apologies to Illustra, we’ll call this “Unmasking the Blustery of Lie.”Fool’s goal:  In the introduction, John Brockman is chagrined; he supposes Europeans must think Americans are “collective fools” for trying to “redefine science to include the supernatural,” right here in the 21st century.  Well, America leads, not follows, least of all the Europeans, who are busy committing mass suicide (see WND).  Since everyone is someone else’s weirdo, we’ll return the compliment and call it a draw.  Now, anything of substance you want to say, Mr. Brockman?Inferior science:  Jerry Coyne argues that “Not only is ID markedly inferior to Darwinism at explaining and understanding nature but in many ways it does not even fulfill the requirements of a scientific theory.”  And Darwinism does?  Describe for us in detail, Jerry, how Tinker Bell (01/13/2006, 09/22/2005) created endless forms most beautiful (06/29/2005) through the mystical process of speciation you wrote about (07/30/2004).  While you’re at it, tell us your feelings about the vicious atheism of your friend Dawkins (04/23/2003).  Are you claiming that science is what Darwinian science does?  Or would you allow that scientific explanations must invoke causes appropriate to their observed effects?  While puzzling over that, we’d like to hear about your peppered moth flipflop again (07/05/2002, 06/25/2004).The Good Fight:  Susskind tries to find the hidden agenda of ID.  He suspects it is “to discredit the legitimate scientific community” so as to “inconvenience if one is trying to ignore global warming, or build unworkable missile-defense systems, or construct multibillion-dollar lasers in the unlikely hope of initiating practicable nuclear fusion.”  Now, who brought politics into a discussion about science?  Is Susskind revealing that Darwinists are political leftists?  If he likes debate and dissent so much, why not debate Darwinism, then?  This red herring has nothing to do with intelligent design, and is flimsy sidestep for someone who may be missing something fundamental himself (see 08/13/2002 and 12/18/2005).  No fair misusing Biblical phrases, Lenny; St. Paul’s idea of a good fight was completely different than yours, and you would be one of the mythmakers he warned about. (II Timothy 4).Hoax Blokes:  Daniel Dennett, in his essay “The Hoax of Intelligent Design and How it Was Perpetrated,” agrees evolution hasn’t explained everything, but “intelligent design hasn’t yet tried to explain anything at all.”  This from a man who hasn’t yet realized that his Darwinian “universal acid” eats through everything, even his own rationality.  He cannot invoke rationality without plagiarizing theism.  So at least he is consistent; he employs irrationality, including the big lie.Natural creationism and other brain teasers:  Nicholas Humphrey makes the bizarre argument that since belief in special creation leads to “biologically fitter lives,” it must have evolved.  “Thus one of the particular ways in which consciousness could have won out in evolution by natural selection could have been precisely by encouraging us to believe that we have not evolved by natural selection,” he says.  If he really believed this line of argument, he would abandon natural selection and embrace special creation, to increase his fitness, so that he could pass on his selfish genes, which are just using him by playing tricks on his mind to believe things that aren’t true.  There must be a point in here, somewhere.  Could Humphrey explain why this argument is not invertible, or how he could ever know anything? (see self-refuting fallacy).And now… the evidence:  Tim White is at the bat to give us “Human evolution: the evidence.”  He says, “A denial of evolution – however motivated – is a denial of evidence, a retreat from reason to ignorance.”  Thank you for that unsolicited and mistargeted sermon.  Now, the evidence please?  Strike one (03/28/2003), two (06/11/2003), three (09/24/2004)… yer out.Fish-o-pod Transition:  Neil Shubin is pictured smug with arms akimbo, looking ready to take on challengers to his prize catch, the fish-o-pod (see 04/06/2006).  He got an extended excerpt included in this book review.  It includes the argument from bad design (dysteology), his favorite just-so story about Great Transformations, and why his find was the biggest thing in paleontological history.  One concession he makes is that mudskippers are not evolving into tetrapods – but his reason is circular; you have to believe evolution to consider it evidence.  Is Shubin as convincing as he makes himself out to be?  See Brad Harrub’s response on Apologetics Press.Intelligent Aliens?  Richard Dawkins is slain in the spirit of natural selection: “an idea whose plausibility and power hits you between the eyes with a stunning force, once you understand it in all its elegant simplicity.”  Let’s see; the fit survive, survivors are the fittest, therefore survivors survive.  Gosh, Dr. Dawkins, you’re right; I’m dumbfounded.  (See evolution songs verse 2).Darwin rejected design, so we should, too:  Frank Sulloway puts his trust in the word of Charlie: “The more extensive his reexamination became, the more he realized that the theory of intelligent design, which gave creationism its scientific legitimacy, was overwhelmingly contradicted by the available evidence.”  And what was the evidence?  Simply put, God wouldn’t have made the world this way.  Since this would require knowing the mind of God, it is a religious argument and therefore should not be taught in public school.From chance to absolutes:  It must be a fun read to see Scott Atran explain how “Nothing indicates that people who believe that life arose by chance also believe that morality is haphazard.”  That isn’t so obvious to historians of communism and Nazism.  If morality is not haphazard, what is directing the undirected process?  Could not replaying the tape end up with opposite moralities?Pinko ethics:  Steven Pinker continues the morality play: “An evolutionary understanding of the human condition, far from being incompatible with a moral sense, can explain why we have one.”  But if your moral sense outrages mine, who wins, if not the one deemed the fittest? (i.e., the side that wins through raw exercise of power).  Maybe Pinker should listen to some of his auditory cheesecake and ponder Michael Balter’s wisdom, “Some of the things that make life most worth living are not biological adaptations” (see 11/12/2004).Darwin all the way down:  Lee Smolin is not surprised that Bible-believers reject evolution, but asks this “disturbing” question: “Why do so many non-fundamentalist theologians and religious leaders have no trouble incorporating Darwin into their worldview?”  Why, indeed.  Maybe they need to study the issues.  His line “all the way down” reminds us of a story… (see turtle cosmology).Self-organizing contradictions:  Stuart Kauffman, a prophet of self-organization, sweeps away centuries of probability theory by saying it doesn’t apply to the biosphere.  That’s right, if one believes in Tinker Bell who can make all your Darwinian dreams come true.  Has Kauffman changed his mind since debating Phillip Johnson? (11/20/2001).Thus saith Lloyd:  Seth Lloyd gives us the deep thought of the day: “The universe is scientific.”  Apparently people are not, and “In societies where government or religion has tried to replace it with ideologically inspired fictions, scientists and nonscientists alike have resisted.”  Please explain the difference with Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot who tried Darwin-inspired ideologies – and when resistance was futile.CBA: Cute (blasphemous) acronyms:  Lisa Randall flippantly remarks, “We don’t have an intelligent designer (ID), we have a bungling consistent evolver (BCE).  Or maybe an adaptive changer (AC).  In fact, what we have in the most economical interpretation is, of course, evolution.”  Sorry, religious arguments are not allowed, remember?  You’re a scientism-ist.Parental guidance:  Marc D. Hauser asks a fair question: “What counts as a controversy must be delineated with care, as we want students to distinguish between scientific challenges and sociopolitical ones.”  Agreed.  Many have argued that Darwinism was symptomatic of economic and sociopolitical currents in Victorian Britain, drunk on the idea of progress during the Industrial Revolution and pinnacle of the British Empire.  Can we move on?  Now, let’s talk about scientific challenges like irreducible complexity, and other issues appropriate for the Information Age.Wonder as I wander:  Scott Sampson rhapsodizes, “Rather than removing meaning from life, an evolutionary perspective can and should fill us with a sense of wonder at the rich sequence of natural systems that gave us birth and continues to sustain us.”  Then why did your comrade Steven Weinberg say, “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless”?  What’s your point?  What is a point?  A point in this context is a vector, with magnitude and direction.  Darwinian evolution, though, is supposed to be undirected.  Tell us about the natural selection of wonder and its survival value, and where these things are pointing (if not a heat death).  No fair borrowing from the Psalms.The Darwin Party faithful are holing themselves up in their castle, shielded from debate, sending out their diatribes like cannonballs, hoping the Visigoths will just go away.  The ID party, by contrast, welcomes debate and discussion and invites their opponents to a parley (notice how their book Darwin, Design and Public Education included thoughtful chapters by critics).    The ID Visigoths feel somewhat puzzled by the savage label applied to them.  They feel quite cultured (some even enjoy Mozart: see ID the Future), and count among their chieftains many esteemed scientists like Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell and many others.  On the contrary, some of the tactics of their enemies seem barbaric.  All the Visigoths demand is that the Darwinians lay down their arms, confess their war crimes, and discuss truth with reason and civility.  (Good luck, heh heh.*)(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Beware of Overconfident Dating Methods

first_imgTheir paper in Earth Science Reviews cautions against misinterpretation of zircons even in the title: “Use and abuse of zircon-based thermometers: A critical review and a recommended approach to identify antecrystic zircons.” Antecrystic zircons are units of rock within a zircon that became incorporated before the zircon crystallized. They could have vastly different ratios of parent and daughter elements. Phys.org summarizes the concerns:“One of the assumptions being made is that the composition of the zircons and the rocks in which they have formed give an accurate record of the magmas and conditions at which the zircons and magmas formed,” Associate Professor Bryan said.“From this, we then estimate the age of the event that caused them to form.“But some zircon crystals may not be related to their host rocks at all. They may have come from the source of the magma deep in the Earth’s crust or they may have been picked up by the magma on its way to the surface.“If you don’t distinguish between the types of crystals then you get a big variation in the age of the event which formed the rocks, potentially millions of years, as well as developing incorrect views on the conditions needed to make magmas.The researchers believe they have identified more robust methods for distinguishing “autocrystic” domains (those contemporaneous with crystallization) and “inherited” domains (those picked up from other sources prior to crystallization). And yet they just now are pointing out assumptions that have been made by other geologists for decades. This leads to the question: what assumptions are these geologists making about their own preferred methods? Indeed, the paper uses “assume” or “assumption” two dozen times, and admits that “determining the emplacement age of plutonic rocks can be difficult.” For instance, the authors say,Importantly, some widely accepted petrogenetic models can now be viewed as being based on inappropriate assumptions made using these thermometers. We detail here some flawed assumptions made for a few petrogenetic studies, as well as their implications for wider debates in Earth Sciences.It’s not hard to imagine a future paper calling into question the assumptions in this paper.See our article from 3/25/13 about “The trouble with zircons,” which relays information from geological papers that cast doubt on the interpretations given to these “most commonly used” geochronometers. Are secular geologists within the ballpark at least, “give or take a couple million years or so”? ICR’s RATE project found a serious anomaly in zircons recovered from deep drilling. They contained far too much helium from radioactive decay to have been there millions of years; in fact, curve fitting showed them to be concordant with an age of only 6,000 years (see ICR article). This wipes out the evolutionists’ date, including the error bars as well. Another interpretation of the helium results suggests accelerated nuclear decay had occurred at some time in the past (ICR), though a mechanism for that is still unknown. One theory proposed by Walt Brown suggests rapid production of radioactive elements through a known nuclear process called the Z-pinch (layman explanation at Real Science Radio). Our purpose here is not to choose between alternative models, but to show that alternatives exist, and are even mandated by anomalies in the observed data compared to evolutionary theories. The main point of this entry is the importance of distinguishing fact from interpretation, especially when analyzing confident-sounding presentations made for a less-discerning public. Secular geologists are highly motivated to make things look old, because their idol, the Bearded Buddha, needs the time to work his magic.(Visited 656 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Simplistic presentations about how scientists date rocks overlook the worldview assumptions involved.A cartoony video from the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios oversimplifies the matter of dating rocks. Titled “How do we know the age of the Earth?”, written and delivered apparently by a homosexual who calls a boxer named Rock “dreamy” as if he wishes to “date” him, the video begins with an assertion: “The Earth is 4.565 billion years old, give or take a couple million years or so. How do scientists know that?” The video proceeds to explain radiometric dating in simple terms, leaving only tiny bits of doubt at the end: “Not that they are satisfied, of course; geochemists are still fine-tuning their estimates of the age of the earth and looking for more evidence to support or diminish their theories.” The overall impression, though, is that dates of rocks and meteorites are well established down to four significant figures.As the video admits in the opening sentences, however, “There’s no ‘Established In’ plaque stuck on a cliff somewhere.” And obviously, no human has experienced millions of years, let alone billions. No date can be calculated, therefore, without making assumptions. These include amounts of parent material in the original sample, constancy of decay rates, and conditions that might have altered the rock since formation. Since “earth is an active place,” the narrator explains, there aren’t many samples known that can give earth’s age. For that reason, “Geologists love dating meteorites,” he says. “We might even call them rock stars. They’re like time capsules that crash into the earth.” A hidden assumption there is that meteorites did not undergo alteration in space. That assumption relies on theories of solar system formation. Unfortunately for the overconfident, those theories are plagued with anomalies.Credit: Queensland University of TechnologyThe video makes a big deal over zircons. These hard minerals, often containing uranium, are presumed to lock in the parent and daughter elements. But take a look at a picture in Phys.org’s article, “Zircon as Earth’s timekeeper: Are we reading the clock right?” The photo shows a zircon crystal with two spots differing by 20 million years, within the same rock! What’s going on? Geologists from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) offer these warnings about dating zircons:Zircon crystals in igneous rocks must be carefully examined and not relied upon solely to predict future volcanic eruptions and other tectonic events, QUT researchers have shown.Zircon is a robust mineral and a timekeeper of Earth historyDistinguishing the origins of zircon crystals, their individual chemistry and properties is not straightforwardMisinterpreting data from zircon crystals could skew timescales for geological events such as volcanic eruptions by millions of yearsThis has implications for understanding volcanic hazards and the future risks they poselast_img read more

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ECM: Oracle Unwraps 12-month Roadmap

first_imgOracle completed its $440 million acquisition of Stellent in December 2006.  Stellent brings to Oracle a best-of-breed software suite that already has significant presence within the $3.6 billion ECM industry. Yesterday Oracle laid out their strategy with the ECM space for the next 12 months.  Oracle plans five product component releases over the next year that integrate Stellent and Oracle’s own technology.  The combined ECM product will be known as the Oracle Enterprise Content Managment Suite and will consist of five components:Universal Content ManagementUniversal Records ManagementImaging Process ManagementInformation Rights ManagementContent Database SuiteOf these five pieces, all but Content DB will be based almost exclusively on components of the Universal Content Management product acquired from Stellent.  One thing that hasn’t changed in Oracle’s strategy though is their plan for all these products to be able to store all content in Oracle databases, both metadata and unstructured files. Oracle also plans integration between their ECM suite and Oracle application servers, identity management software, and Oracle Secure Enterprise Search.last_img read more

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Update: Building Healthy Military Communities Florida

first_imgCan you describe what an average day looks like as BHMC State Coordinator in Florida? Everyday looks different. As the information about BHMC spreads, the meetings and trainings I hold open the doors for more meetings. I vet resources and place these resources in our Service Provider Network. A lot of what I do, is brief organizations and service providers, military Family Programs and leadership about the BHMC’s mission and vision. Some of our community organizations need an understanding about the different service branches and Titles (Title 10, & 32 especially). I am currently working on getting to every branch of service’s leadership to brief them on BHMC. I never have a dull or boring day! I have a full calendar of organizational meetings, conference calls, board of director meetings and workgroup meetings with the military and community service providers. I do believe that I am uncovering issues, which is part of the process. Once those issues are uncovered then I can locate the resource to correct those issues. I am also working on our State’s Strategic Plan. I look forward to being able to measure the effectiveness of these new resources. I believe that our SPN will re-energize, stabilize and ready our SM’s and Families, by knowing there are local, community resources available to them when and if they are needed. Can you provide an update on what BHMC has been working on since our interview in January?I have continued to make connections with resources in communities all over the State and with all branches of our military. I am currently working on a collaboration with the YMCA, USO and Feeding Northeast Florida. One of the things we are collaborating together on is an event centered on back to school and healthy living for the whole family. The areas we are concentrating on are financial, nutritional, physical and spiritual, to include our single SM’s that are college students. We’d like to thank Lynn Brannon and the BHMC Florida Team for sharing this update on their progress. It is a great opportunity to explore community capacity building as the process develops and we look forward to further coverage in the future! When we last spoke, you had just met with the Director of University of Florida Extension, what has developed with that partnership?We are still looking at ways to truly partner. I am attending the Cooperative Extension symposium next week and Dr. Gutter is introducing me to some key leaders for their Financial Master Mentor program & 4-H. We are also looking at the food insecurity areas of our State. I have provided Dr. Gutter with a list of the top 5 food insecure counties along with the SM demographics for those counties. Our goal is to create a pilot program to address food insecurities in those counties first. BHMC’s focus will be on the military families that fall into the “food insecure” area in those counties. Most food insecurities are due to limited funds, so we are reaching out to our Feeding America organizations in Florida along with the YMCA and other local service providers willing to be distribution points. Partnering with these organizations will allow us to build a program that will provide the assistance without the stigma. If there were one thing, a wish from a genie if you will, that cooperative extension could help you with in your efforts, what would it be?Volunteers/manpower, a “boots on ground” force multiplier in training, organizing events and community partnerships, recruiting new service providers and holding seminars that our Service Members and their Families can take part in and last but not least, CHILDCARE. I know that Dr. Gutter is so willing to be a part of this project and would like to see the impact in our military population from the programs we partner together on. What are the other partnerships that you are finding to be essential to implementing BHMC in FL?Humana’s Bold Goal program is a community collaboration program. Their goals are to improve the health and wellness of individuals with a preventative program. Jacksonville Bold Goal is concentrating on diabetes and mental health. Tampa Gold Goal is concentrating on diabetes and food insecurity. We are meeting with Broward next month. I also feel that in NEFL the YMCA is a great partner. They offer their Healthy Living Centers and Health Coaches for free and they have offered their 5 different locations in NE Florida to us for meetings/events. There are quite a few others that have great programs to offer and we are still working toward building that “partner” relationship because true partnership goes past programs. I have also worked closely with Doug Leonardo with BayCare Behavioral Health to understand the gap in behavioral healthcare in our communities. Partnerships might cost something outside of the “business as usual” mindset. You know, you might have to color outside the lines sometimes, go outside of your comfort zone to reach a different population. But the reward is a program that offers measurable change! Do the issues of financial readiness and childcare remain the top priority, or have you identified other issues that BHMC is working to address?Yes both of those are still big concerns but I have also found another issue that is a big topic and one that we have identified as a gap in service.  Locating Community based Behavioral and Psychological Health and Substance Abuse Providers. I mentioned that earlier but we have found that the SM and/or FM aren’t able to locate a facility that takes Tri-Care in the community and they are not going to an Active Duty installation for help. I have met with the Florida Behavioral Health Association and received a survey they completed strictly for BHMC. This survey helps to understand what these community based organizations are seeing, doing and understand about the military community.There is a misunderstanding about the needs of the military community as it relates to behavioral health. One of the big breakdowns is in the insurance for these SM’s and families for behavioral health care access. We do have MOS and other “free” organizations that can assist with some forms of “non-medical” counseling but when it breaches the berm of medical, to include a diagnosis, there isn’t much available. We are working to understand these challenges for the provider while working to recognize the providers in their communities or surrounding communities that could offer this type of service no matter what insurance they have. In January, we interviewed Lynn Brannon, State Coordinator of the Building Healthy Military Communities Program in Florida, and Captain Amy Green, Florida State Family Program Director. We discussed the initial goals of the program and the issues they were working to address. (If you misses that interview you can check it out here.) Today we’d like to provide an update on the program’s progress with notes from a Q&A session we had with Lynn.  The initial phases of the BHMC plan include an assessment of the challenges faced by service members in Florida, when we last spoke you had identified the following issues: 1) Financial readiness – underemployment, service members working multiple jobs to meet financial needs; 2) Childcare availability. Can you talk about what steps BHMC is taking to address those issues? Yes, the financial piece is not always an easy fix. We have great organizations that offer free financial counseling but the assistance piece or emergency fund is the hard part. We have identified agencies that help to meet some short term financial emergencies but what we would like to see, is for them to get a reprieve in their financial situation which will allow them to think “outside the box” of debt.While working with Feeding NEFL and the USO and YMCA we have located some great avenues to assist our Sm’s and Families. One “out of the box” idea would be to help those that have asked for financial assistance by providing food for them and their families for 4-6 weeks. The money they would normally use for food they could place on a debt or that emergency. With the excess, the PFC or Personal Financial Counselor could show them how to start paying down debt and/or invest for their future.The YMCA has a location next door to Camp Blanding Joint Training Center where SM’s could utilize their services for childcare during drill and possibly AT. I have also identified a possible resource for childcare that is a State organization. The Early Learning Coalition, who also work with the University of Florida, could be a great resource to assist us with childcare. I will be discussing this with the Cooperative Extension department at the symposium next week.I have met with an organization who is actually nationwide that helps link SM’s military jobs to the civilian world. This will help that SM and FM locate jobs that are in their expertise and that could assist them with making more money. This program also assists with increasing their education and with certification courses which will help them make more money. This organization also works with Onward to Opportunity that also assists in obtaining certifications.last_img read more

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