9th title fails at 50, UN Guterres visits Ukraine: 5 Things podcast – USA TODAY

On today’s episode of the 5 Things Podcast: Giuliani appeared for 6 hours in an attempt to cancel the election

He appeared before a grand jury in Atlanta Wednesday. Additionally, news organizations are pushing for more documents linked to research into former President Donald Trump’s estate, investigative journalist Kenny Jacoby explains how mathematics has been stressed on scholarships, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits Ukraine, and Life reporter Anthony Robledo talks about the extent their anomalies. Conversion therapy is still in use.

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Taylor Wilson:

good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and these are 5 things you need to know Thursday, August 18, 2022. Today, more about Giuliani’s testimonial in front of a grand jury, as well as what universities aren’t up to the ninth grade, and more.

Here are some of the most important headlines:

  1. The US government has announced trade talks with Taiwan in a show of support for the island. The announcement came after Beijing launched missiles into the sea near Taiwan, with tensions still running after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited there last month.
  2. A Georgia man has been charged with 10 counts of murder after a boat crash earlier this summer that killed five people. He was also charged with boating under the influence of drugs.
  3. The pilot, who died after leaving a plane that made an emergency landing in North Carolina last month, was visibly upset, according to federal officials, and told his co-pilot he was sick and needed air. He fell about 3,500 feet to his death.

Yesterday, Rudy Giuliani appeared for six hours before a grand jury in Atlanta investigating interference in the 2020 election. Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, citing confidentiality before the grand jury, declined to say whether Giuliani had used his right against self-incrimination, but said that That was friendly. Giuliani briefly told the AP that he was satisfied with the subpoena.

Rudy Giuliani:

I can tell it was… At the end, Mr. Giuliani said, the attorney general has fulfilled his obligations under the subpoena. So I was very happy that I fulfilled my obligations.

Taylor Wilson:

Earlier this week, Georgia prosecutors notified Giuliani’s attorney that the former New York mayor and Trump’s attorney are now the target of an expanding investigation. After the 2020 election, Giuliani claimed voting systems had altered Georgia’s ballots while ignoring the manual count check that confirmed President Joe Biden’s victory in the state. He is Trump’s closest associate known to have been subpoenaed by the Fulton County grand jury. Certificate requests from others are pending, including Senator Lindsey Graham. He made phone calls to Georgia’s Secretary of State in the weeks following the November 2020 elections, seeking additional examination of the ballot papers.

News organizations continue to press for the release of a document that would reveal why the Department of Justice is required to search for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property. At today’s hearing, lawyers for more than a dozen media companies will seek an affidavit of the entire probable cause despite the Justice Department’s concerns that the release could harm its ongoing investigation. According to Martin Reeder, an attorney representing the USA TODAY Network’s Palm Beach Post, attorneys have rejected claims by federal prosecutors that the entire document should be kept from the public. Meanwhile, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, is expected to plead guilty as soon as today to the tax evasion case. It’s the only criminal prosecution to come from a long-running investigation into the Trump company.

A USA Today article titled “Title IX: Falling Short at 50” explores how America’s top universities still fail to abide by the historic law prohibiting sex discrimination in education. The ninth title hit 50 this summer and demands equality across a wide range of areas in academia and athletics. Despite significant progress over the past half century, many institutions still fall short. Producer PJ Elliott spoke with reporter Kenny Jacoby about how female mathematics is supported in scholarship at some of the largest schools.

Kenny Jacoby:

So it is US Department of Education policy that the percentage of dollars a school gives to female and male athletes must fall within one percentage point of their representation in the sports division. This means that if 45% of the athletes in a school are women, then the school should give them between 44 and 46% of its sports financial aid. Our findings found that the majority of schools competing in NCAA Division I football did not comply with this standard. 49 of them are underfunded for mathematics scholarships totaling $23.7 million in 2020-21 alone.

BJ Elliot:

So who are some of the biggest culprits?

Kenny Jacoby:

The biggest culprit on our list for that year was the University of New Mexico where 50.5% of the athletes were female, but only received 41.7% of the athletic scholarship dollars. That’s nearly nine percentage points. The law states that no more than one percentage point difference is considered a violation. So the shortfall was in just one year, $1.25 million that should have gone to math, but instead it wasn’t, or it went to men instead.

BJ Elliot:

Kenny, let’s talk a little bit about the limitations of scholarships. What are they and how do they harm female players?

Kenny Jacoby:

yes. Forty years ago, the NCAA schools came together and decided to place limits on the scholarship amounts that could be awarded to each team at that school. There are differences between the men’s and women’s teams. But they set it up in such a way that they can offer 85 full scholarships to soccer players, but no other sport, men or women, has a higher limit of 20. This includes women’s rowing, which is the second highest. It’s not uncommon to see a 100-person women’s rowing team, but they only have 20 scholarships. So the way it’s set up, the school is going to need twice as many women’s teams as the men just to get to the scale where you can make that difference that football creates. And most schools don’t do that. Now there have been some efforts to raise scholarship limits over the years, or remove them entirely, but schools collectively voted against these proposals. So, the way it is currently set up, almost always ensures that women get less than men.

Taylor Wilson:

You can find the complete piece with a link in today’s episode description.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. The group is expected to discuss a possible fact-finding mission for the Russian-controlled Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. Fears of a nuclear disaster at the plant heightened over the weekend after Zelensky vowed to target Russian soldiers at the facility. He accused Russia of using Europe’s largest nuclear plant as a cover to bomb cities near the facility.

The group in Lviv today will also discuss grain shipments from Ukraine. Secretary-General Guterres will then head to Odessa on the Ukrainian Black Sea coast, one of the country’s main ports. Ships there resumed exports earlier this month.

[Sound of a ship’s horn.]

Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric said this week that regions already suffering from hunger crises around the world were hit hard by a shortage of Ukrainian grain exports earlier this year amid the Russian invasion of the country.

Stephen Dujarric:

The almost complete halt to the import of Ukrainian grain and food on the world market has made life even more difficult for families already struggling with increasing hunger. According to the World Food Program, 345 million people in 82 countries now face acute food insecurity, while up to 50 million people in 45 countries are on the brink of famine and at risk of overturning without humanitarian support. The World Food Program notes that with commercial and humanitarian shipping now resuming in and out of the Black Sea ports, and Ukraine’s ports on the Black Sea, some global supply disruptions will ease with relief for countries facing the worst global food crisis.

Taylor Wilson:

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s General Staff says more than 44,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine since Russia launched its first attacks in February. The total comes as North Korea says it is reviewing plans to send workers for restoration projects in eastern Ukraine that run counter to UN Security Council sanctions. Russian separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine are seeking North Korea’s help. Ukrainian intelligence also says that the Russian military leadership is looking to recruit mercenaries from Central Asian countries to counter the potential shortage of Russian citizens willing to fight.

Gay conversion therapy is still practiced in the United States. Experts say, we need to talk about it. Life and entertainment reporter Anthony Robledo does just that with PJ Elliott.

Anthony Robledo:

Therefore conversion therapy is still practiced in the United States. It is no longer as dangerous as before because it was supported by the APA. And now there are several studies that basically show that conversion therapy is not only ineffective, it’s very harmful to gay youth, but it’s still largely around, but not to the same extent as it was three decades ago.

BJ Elliot:

So what are the harms to LGBTQ youth through conversion therapy?

Anthony Robledo:

The harms of conversion therapy, has been shown to increase depression, loneliness, social and personal harm, suicidal ideation, and even suicide attempts.

BJ Elliot:

So Anthony, let’s talk about the legality of conversion therapy and is it practiced in many states in the country?

Anthony Robledo:

Only about 20 countries have protections against shunt therapy. So it’s still pretty much legal in many states. Pennsylvania, only a governor signed an executive order, essentially encouraging the state to discourage the practices. So I think it’s a good step in the right direction, but there are still many states in the United States that don’t have any protections against that.

BJ Elliot:

Are there any outreach or assistance programs for LGBTQ youth who may be undergoing conversion therapy and want some kind of help?

Anthony Robledo:

There are many resources that will offer more positive and effective treatment, such as The Trevor Project, or GLAD has a list of resources for people with special needs depending on other demographics. So there are many other resources available online that you can access through The Trevor Project or GLAD that will offer a more efficient treatment that will actually help homosexual youth rather than these harmful practices.

Taylor Wilson:

Thanks for listening to 5 things. You can find us seven days a week on any of your favorite podcast apps. Thanks to PJ Elliott for his great work on the show, and I’ll be back tomorrow with more than 5 things from USA TODAY.

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