Costa Rican lawmakers submit antibullying bill

first_imgRelated posts:An average of 315 Costa Ricans commit suicide every year, report says University of Costa Rica calls for national mental health survey Media campaign seeks to raise awareness about mental health care Maternal exposure to antidepressant SSRIs linked to autism in children Legislators from three parties on Thursday submitted a draft aimed to prevent, respond to and eventually eradicate bullying in Costa Rican schools.Bill No. 19,399 was drafted by Humberto Vargas, William Alvarado and Gerardo Vargas from the Social Christian Unity Party, Fabricio Alvarado from the National Restoration Party and Lorelly Trejos from the National Liberation Party.The initiative establishes corrective actions including giving students demerits, sending notes to parents, and ordering mandatory psychological treatment for aggressors and victims.It also provides disciplinary sanctions for school administrative staff and educators – including dismissal – if an investigation determines that they failed to properly address a student’s complaint.Fabricio Alvarado said he expected schools to be open to implementing preventive measures and providing students with information regarding the severity of the problem in the country.“It’s not just about repressive actions, it’s also about psycho-social and educational measures. That’s why we are proposing three types of actions: verbal sanctions, written sanctions and then mandatory psychological treatment for both the aggressor and the victim,” Alvarado said during a public presentation of the bill at the Legislative Assembly on Thursday evening.Humberto Vargas said the Education Ministry (MEP) would be responsible for hiring specialized professionals for psychological treatment at public schools.According to MEP, so far this year more than 100 bullying complaints have been reported at schools across the country. The figure was disclosed earlier this week by health experts participating in the National Health Congress. Psychiatrist Virginia Rosabal said Monday at the congress that Costa Rica has registered 21 suicides attributed to bullying in the last five years.The bill now will be evaluated by the Assembly’s Technical Department and then will be sent for discussion in the Children and Adolescents Issues Commission. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires With just more than one week remaining until the NFL Draft gets underway in Philadelphia, the majority of mock drafts have the Cardinals choosing a quarterback with the 13th overall selection.And after QB, the most often-named players are Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis and Alabama tight end O.J. Howard.None of this is to say there are not any analysts and prognosticators who believe the Cardinals will focus on the defensive side of the football, just that as of now, most see them addressing needs elsewhere. Top Stories Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster (10) indicates the TV cameras after a reporter jokingly promised not to tell anyone if Foster shared any funny info about Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, who was in the other press room, during the Alabama defensive press conference for the Peach Bowl, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP) Asked again about Foster Wednesday morning, Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM he “loves him.”“He’s explosive, he’s violent — he’s got all the skills you look for,” he added.Willis was the 11th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss. His professional career lasted just eight seasons due to injury, but from 2007 until 2013 he was arguably the game’s best middle linebacker. In all, he amassed 950 total tackles along with 20.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and eight interceptions.The Cardinals would likely feel fortunate if they landed Foster and he had a similar career to the seven-time Pro Bowler who was also a five-time First Team All-Pro and the 2007 NFL AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.Looking back at his Willis comparison, Keim said the similarities are there from a size and movement standpoint, but that Foster is looser through his hips, which allows him to be better in coverage than Willis was.Noting Willis was a bit heavier and more of a thumper, Keim again compared the two.“Both play like their hair’s on fire and are extremely explosive,” he said.With Foster, the biggest knock these days seems to be questions about his attitude. He was sent home from the NFL Scouting Combine after a dust up with some medical personnel, which has led to some wondering about his character. LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals general manager 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Your browser does not support the audio element. But if the Cardinals do go with a defensive player, Alabama’s Reuben Foster seems like a pretty solid bet.The linebacker who last season led the Crimson Tide with 115 tackles, including 13 for loss, along with five sacks, is widely viewed as one of the draft’s safer bets to be an impact player in the NFL.Speaking with the media Tuesday, Cardinals GM Steve Keim was asked if he sees a comparison with Patrick Willis and Luke Kuechly, two of the better middle linebackers in NFL history, when it comes to Foster.“Absolutely,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I thought about Patrick Willis quite a bit, (a guy) who had overcome a lot in his life coming out of Ole Miss.“But just in terms of size, movement skills, how explosive he is on impact, I mean Reuben can do it all. He has three-down value, he has cover ability, he can match up on backs and tight ends with ease and he is as violent a hitter as I have seen in some time. Reuben is a fantastic player and certainly one of the better players in college football.”This time of year is ripe with misinformation, and it’s possible Keim was not exactly being truthful with his analysis. Yet, he is not the first person to offer high praise for the Butkus Award winner and Bednarik Award finalist, so there may be at least a hint of truth in his professed admiration. Keim, however, said he does not have an issue with all that.“Those are things that we talked through with him, and I feel very comfortable with the answer he gave us,” the GM said.last_img read more