We must learn how to survive a disaster

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionLet me ask you some questions: In case of a tornado, what do you do? Where do you go? In case of an earthquake, where do you go? In case of a nuclear bomb, what do you do? How do you retrieve your kids to keep them sale and uncontaminated? How do you get from your job to your vehicle and from your vehicle to your home. How to you find safety from fallout? How and when do you decontaminate? What happens if you have to leave your home? Where do you go? What do you need to survive? How do you survive looting?Remember these threats are real and it’s going to happen — it’s  a matter of when.The main thing is to be prepared. Don’t depend on first responders. They also have families. If prepared, you have a 99.9 percent chance of surviving disasters. Does Gov. Andrew Cuomo have any ideas? I don’t think so. You will have TV and radio warnings, but without being prepared of what to do or where to go could cause chaos, and you will be killing each other on the road. The idea is to stay calm and know what to do before it happens. All you anti-gunners will not survive. You won’t have any defense against looters to protect you and your family from rape, theft and deaths.Claude Rizzicone Jr.SchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashlast_img read more

Indonesia records first-quarter budget deficit of $4.9b

first_imgIndonesia announced in March Rp 436.1 trillion worth of fiscal stimulus to strengthen its healthcare system, provide social safety nets and prepare economic recovery programs as the COVID-19 pandemic hits the economy. The government has expected state budget deficit to widen to more than 5 percent from the initial 1.76 percent targeted in the 2020 state budget as the stimulus is rolled out.Read also: Indonesia accelerates tax reforms, cuts corporate income tax in COVID-19 playbookThe ministry data on Friday also revealed that nontax state revenue reached Rp 95.98 trillion by the end of March, an increase of 36.8 percent from last year’s Rp 70.16 trillion, driven by the state-owned companies’ dividends contribution.Central government spending grew by 6.6 percent to Rp 277.9 trillion as capital and social spending increased despite a contraction of 8.8 percent in direct regional transfers to Rp 174.5 trillion.Topics : Indonesia’s state budget deficit fell to Rp 76.4 trillion (US$4.94 billion) in the first quarter of 2020 as revenue grew significantly from a year earlier while spending growth slowed, Finance Ministry data show.The deficit amounts to 0.45 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). State revenue at the end of March was up 7.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) at Rp 375.9 trillion after state-owned banks paid large dividends, while state spending growth slowed by 0.1 percent yoy to Rp 452.4 trillion. “This month’s figure did not reflect the true economic conditions as state-owned banks paid dividends early, while the cigarette industry purchased tobacco early to brace for further restrictions,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said during a livestreamed press briefing on Friday. “The relatively good revenue performance compared to March last year is not driven by economic activities.”Read also: Explainer: Indonesia to finance coronavirus battle mostly through debtTax revenue contracted 2.5 percent to Rp 241.6 trillion, mainly driven by weaker oil and gas tax collection, while customs and excise revenue grew by 23.6 percent to Rp 38.3 trillion as tobacco excise increased to Rp 279.9 trillion.“Tax revenue will face heavy pressure over the next several months as economic activities slow, fiscal stimuli take effect and commodity prices decline,” the finance minister said.last_img read more

Peel Marina Dredging Project on the Table

first_imgThe Isle of Man Government is continuing to explore options for the treatment and disposal of problematic silt from Peel Marina.“The Department of Infrastructure wants to hear from companies that can offer a method of removing a sufficient level of contaminants to allow the dredged material to be recycled or disposed of at sea,” the government reports.A Prior Information Notice has been published this week to identify contractors with the technical expertise and experience to process the silt into a more environmentally acceptable form of waste. As well as testing the market for a scientific solution, the Department is also working on a wide range of other potential options.The Department is looking at the proposals as part of its commitment to managing the material that builds up in the impounded area of Peel harbor.About 3,000 tonnes of silt enters the marina from the River Neb each year, containing traces of heavy metals and other contaminants, largely as a result of historical mining operations. Independent analysis of samples taken from the marina has so far ruled out disposal at sea.“If dredging does not take place, the accumulation of silt will threaten the closure of a number of vessel berths,” the government added.Approximately 10,000 tonnes of material was excavated and transported to a temporary storage site on the outskirts of Peel in 2015 to help restore the marina to its published depth.A Peel Marina Project Board has been established to examine the issue, chaired by Tim Baker MHK, the Member for the Department of Infrastructure with responsibility for Ports.Mr Baker said: “Work is taking place to assess all the options for dredging and disposing of the material that accumulates in the marina and good progress is being achieved on several fronts. The treatment of problematic silt is a complex matter and we are inviting initial interest from specialist contractors in this field via the Prior Information Notice.”The Department will assess submissions in response to the Prior Information Notice before considering its next steps.last_img read more

Rodgers: Suarez better off here

first_img That, along with fellow striker Daniel Sturridge’s blistering form of eight goals in nine league games, has propelled Liverpool to third in the table, just two points behind Saturday’s opponents Arsenal. And while it may be a position some feel is unlikely to be sustained, Rodgers insists Suarez should have no reason to want to leave as he can play Champions League football with his current side. “I understand why Arsenal would want to buy a player of Luis’ quality because he is one of the leading strikers in the world but it was something that was never going to happen,” said the Reds boss. “For us and the institution we are we certainly weren’t going to sell to a rival, a competitor, and that was something which was very strong from the off. “There was all sorts of gossip in the summer but we were very firm in our leadership, from the top right the way through, that this was something we didn’t want to do. “You have to give credit to the players themselves. It certainly wasn’t an easy situation. “It was also a great credit to the owners and the leadership of the club that they stood by what my thoughts were as a manager and they backed it all the way. “This was the place for Luis to showcase his talents. He is a player, like some of our other players, who deserves to be playing at the highest level of European football but we believe he can do that at Liverpool. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes a more mature Luis Suarez can fulfil his Champions League ambitions at Anfield and no longer needs to cast admiring glances at the likes of Arsenal. “There is no greater stage for him than a club like this and once the window was shut, like we thought, there was never going to be an issue. “It is a player we were really happy to keep who is surrounded by other good players as well. “He is one of the hardest-working players that is in love with football I’ve seen and once the window shut he has been brilliant. “He is maturing as a man. He is 26, father of two now, and I think the maturity in his game and personal life is there to see. “Everyone talks about his goals and work-rate but I’ve seen an improvement in his football ability and his maturity. “That really bodes well for us. We won’t get carried away, we have to keep our concentration and continue to work very hard.” The Uruguay international was so keen to take up the Gunners’ offer of an escape route in the summer after they bid £40,000,001 he accused the Reds of reneging on a deal which he claimed allowed him to leave for a side playing in Europe’s elite competition. Liverpool owner John Henry was unequivocally opposed to selling to a rival and that stance appears to have been rewarded with the South American scoring six goals in four league matches since returning from suspension this season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Army veteran sentenced 25 years for shooting West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

first_imgAn Army veteran who shot and wounded a doctor at a West Palm Beach VA Medical Center in Riviera Beach last year was sentenced Monday up to 25 years in a mental health facility.According to the FBI, 61-year-old Larry Ray Bon pulled out a small handgun and opened fire Feb. 27, 2019, inside the emergency room at the VA Medical Center, striking at least two people. One of those people was a doctor who suffered minor injuries.A judge accepted the plea deal for Larry Ray Bon during a sentencing hearing held via video conferencing. The judge said Bon “will be a very old man if he is ever released from custody.”According to testimony, Bon is currently in poor health. Bon could face up to 25 years in a treatment facility.When he  is mentally able Bon will be brought back to court and sentenced between 12.5 and 25 years.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Gallant Falcons Lose 1-0 to France

first_imgThe initial penalty – awarded after a VAR review for a foul on Viviane Asseyi – hit the post and rolled to the touch line.But keeper Super Falcons’ Goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie was ruled to have moved off her line early and Renard slotted the re-taken spot kick.Nnadozie was a victim of one of the new FIFA rules which came into effect on June 1.That specific rule says: ‘The goalkeeper must have one of her feet partly on the goal-line (or above it if jumping) when the kick is taken. She cannot stand behind or in front of the line.’Despite the set back, Falcons still have a big chance of making the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams. They are presently third in the overall Third best teams standing behind China and Australia.With only three points from their three matches and a two-goal deficit, the Falcons’ progress to the knockout rounds for the first time in 20 years will be sealed if Argentina are unable to accomplish a handsome win over Scotland in their final Group D game on Thursday, or Cameroon are unable to defeat New Zealand by more than one goal in their final Group E duel on Friday.China, with four points in Group B, and Australia, with three points already from two matches in Group C, look already good enough for the Round of 16.With the USA and Sweden packing all the points in Group F, third –placed Chile is still pointless and must defeat Thailand by more than three goals to get in the way of Nigeria. The four best third –placed teams in the six groups will join the two top –placed teams in each group to the Round of 16.France, meanwhile, heads to Le Havre to play a last-16 tie against, as yet, unknown opponents on 23 June.Yesterday’s game was an unconvincing display by Corinne Diacre’s side against a team they had previously walloped 8-0 in a friendly last year.Nigeria’s Falcons are ranked 38th in the world. France was guilty of wasteful finishing before the late drama in Rennes.The Thomas Dennerby’s Nigerian ladies who had produced a gritty defensive performance, were on course for a deserved point when that VAR check proved Ngozi Ebere fouled Asseyi from behind.Ebere, who had been booked in the first half, was sent off for a second yellow card before Renard’s first penalty hit a post.However, the officials adjudged Nnadozie had left her line early and Renard duly scored from the second attempt.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAfrican champions Super Falcons lost their last Group A match of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Rennes to France after a twice-taken Video Assistant Referee (VAR) penalty by Wendie Renard gave the host a 1-0 win over Nigeria.With the victory, France topped the group on maximum nine points from three matches. Norway that defeated South Korea 2-0 is the runner up on six points with Nigeria third on three points.last_img read more

Students get hands dirty at art festival on campus

first_imgIn the second installment of the Visions and Voices Program “Get Your Hands Dirty with the Arts,” the USC School of Cinematic Arts joined the four other USC arts schools for the first time to offer workshops and competitions to students.The daylong festival on Sunday featured workshops taught by faculty from five schools: the Roski School of Fine Arts, Thornton School of Music, School of Theatre, School of Architecture and School of Cinematic Arts — the newcomer to the interactive festival.Dirty Dancing · Tyler Miller and Karolina Sivas, theatre majors, learn to salsa dance at Sunday’s “Get Your Hands Dirty with the Arts” event. – Tim Tran | Daily TrojanHolly Willis, the director of academic programs at the Institute for Multimedia Literacy and a workshop coordinator, said the cinema school’s workshops added more options to the festival and gave students a chance to work with multimedia. Teaching students how to work with multimedia outlets is especially useful today, Willis said, because multimedia has become so commonplace.“When you think about how pervasive video is becoming with cell phones and cameras, in five or 10 years, it will be expected that people know how to use it — it is part of everyday culture,” Willis said. “A lot of students come in knowing how to use YouTube and other forms of media, but [the interactive video design workshop] shows them the skills to do it professionally.”The festival covered an array of topics, from salsa dancing to writing a TV show script. Courses titled “Playing Pop Piano,” “3-D Graphics and Prototyping” and “Interactive Video Design” were among the new workshops at this year’s event.The “Get Your Hands Dirty” event is unique among Visions and Voices events because of its interactive nature.“There are all types of ways to experience arts and humanities. With this event, students get the chance to experience the arts themselves and see how it impacts the world,” said Daria Yudacufski, managing director of Visions and Voices.Sunday’s festival featured not only instructional sessions, but also games and contests. A paper tower contest, for example, required participants to construct a tower using only recycled 8.5 by 11-inch paper and no glue or tape, while an improvisation game tested students’ abilities to come up with an entertaining skit on the spot.Yung-Ching Liang, a physics doctorate student, attended the 3-D design and prototyping workshop where students created a 3-D prototype of a shoe using software called Rhinoceros. He said the workshop had real-world applications, such as work in animation.“I want to learn 3-D models properly because it is fun and interesting and I like animation and cartoons,” Liang said. “This workshop is useful to [do] that.”Ryan Logan, a part-time lecturer at Roski, led the “Altered Plates” workshop, where participants used decals to create abstract images or scenes on a glazed plate. He said students should focus on their own interpretation of art.“Everybody has the ability to be creative,” Logan said. “They don’t necessarily have to think they are not an artist.”Stephanie Spindler, an undeclared freshman, said she chose to take the altered plates workshop because she is currently not taking any art classes and found the description different from her previous art experience.“You can discover that you have amazing art skills,” Spindler said. “It is a good way to get involved with the school and start trying little things that might lead to greater things.”last_img read more

What we learned from Syracuse’s season-opening win over Lehigh

first_img Related Stories Syracuse couples 1st-half defense with late offensive push to topple LehighTyler Lydon impresses by doing the little things in college debutChinonso Obokoh rises for 4 blocks in Syracuse’s 57-47 win over LehighStorify: Syracuse community reacts to win over LehighFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening win vs. Lehigh Syracuse (1-0) kicked off its season by beating Lehigh (0-1), picked as the Patriot League favorite, 57-47, in the Carrier Dome on Friday night. The Orange was superior to the Mountain Hawks in the first half but then had to stave off an aggressive comeback bid out of the break.Here are three things we learned about SU from the game.1. Syracuse will shoot, through thick and thinSyracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said his team would take a lot of 3s this season, but 34 against a Division I opponent still seemed like a high number. The Orange also made just 11 of those attempts, but never wavered from its perimeter approach.Boeheim said that Lehigh, like a lot of teams will do, packed it in on defense and had five players collapsing whenever a Syracuse player drove toward the rim. And while that defensive approach created open 3s for the shot-happy Orange, the looks weren’t falling. Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Malachi Richardson scored 43 of SU’s 57 points, and shot a combined 9-for-27 from beyond the arc.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If we get 30 good 3s, which we got tonight, they were all good,” Boeheim said. “… I think with this team we can make 15, 16 of them.“I watched Golden State the other night, they made like two 3s. They were even or they were behind. The second half they made about 100. When you’re shooting 3s, you’re going to have some of those nights, you’re going to miss some.”2. The Orange can do more than float (at least against Lehigh) without Dajuan Coleman at centerColeman picked up his second foul at the 15:05 mark of the first half and then his third with 15:36 left in the second. Against some opponents down the road, that could spell big trouble for the Orange. But against a mid-major team with a more-than-capable frontcourt, Tyler Lydon and Chinonso Obokoh proved viable options behind Coleman at the five.Lydon, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound freshman, was the first to come off the bench to play center in SU’s three-forward lineup. He finished with four points, a team-high 11 rebounds, two blocks and three steals in 28 minutes. Obokoh, a 6-foot-9 junior, was surprising in grabbing four rebounds and blocking a game-high four shots in 15 minutes off the bench.“I feel pretty comfortable being down there playing the five position,” Lydon said. “I’ve been doing it a lot in practice and stuff, it’s been going pretty well. Hopefully I can continue to improve.”Boeheim was impressed with Lydon’s defense and also pleased with Obokoh’s effort on the end. He was, however, critical of the centers’ defense when the Mountain Hawks started to break down the defense at the start of the second half. Either way, Lydon showed he has the athleticism to rebound against decently sized bigs, while Obokoh flashed potential to be a dependable defensive stopgap moving forward.3. Boeheim’s guard rotation, for now, looks very tightKaleb Joseph was Syracuse’s most efficient player on Friday, scoring eights points on 2-of-3 shooting in just 14 minutes off the bench. He hit a 3 just before the first-half buzzer and then another from the top of the key when the Orange was stalling against Lehigh’s 2-3 zone. But more playing time, Boeheim said, may be slightly out of his hands.“He’ll probably play more, it’s difficult because we really get small when he’s in there with Trevor (Cooney) and Mike (Gbinije), they’re going to be in the game,” Boeheim said. “Now, the problem is that Malachi is your best player in the game and you want to keep him in the game and now you really are going small.“You can do it a little bit but it’s not ideal. You can do it a little bit. I think we will, but that’s the problem for Kaleb. He played great.”True to what Boeheim said about his starting backcourt, Cooney played a game-high 38 minutes and Gbinije played 37. That left little room for Joseph, who, at 6-foot-2, is the only player in Syracuse’s nine-man rotation shorter than 6 feet 4 inches.Freshman guard Franklin Howard also played just four minutes, which was by far the least of any Orange player to see the court. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

After 3rd straight season with an injury, Angels are thinking about Mike Trout’s long-term health

first_imgSince the start of the 2017 season, Mike Trout leads the major leagues in WAR, a cumulative statistic.Over that same span, he ranks 82nd in games played.Those seemingly contradictory facts ought to tell you two things: Trout is the best player in the majors, but he could be even better if he were on the field more.Trout, who is set for foot surgery this week, will end up missing the final 19 games of the season. He will finish with 134 games played, the third consecutive season in which he misses at least 22 games, after missing no more than five in each of his four previous full seasons. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img By all accounts, this injury was unavoidable. Trout has a Morton’s neuroma, which is a thickening of the tissue around a nerve in the ball of the foot. Trout said doctors told him that it simply developed over time.Regardless of the cause, Trout’s absence is obviously an issue for the Angels, which is why General Manager Billy Eppler has talked to him about how to preserve his body.The Angels have invested nearly $400 million in Trout over the next 11 seasons. The deal will take Trout, 28, through the 2030 season. He’ll be 39 when it ends.“One conversation he and I have had is just, as the years go by, being smart on the bases, being smart in the outfield,” Eppler said last week. “A lot of his impact is tied into how much he can be available, how much he can be on the field. It’s a conversation that he and I have had a couple different times and he’s very aware of it.”Even before learning that he’d need surgery for this condition, Trout acknowledged the need to be smart. “I think when you first come up, you are just going out there and playing, and I still am, but obviously the stolen bases went down,” Trout said. “You’ve got to take care of your body. That’s the biggest thing, not stealing as much.”Trout attempted just 13 stolen bases this season, the lowest total of his career. In his first two full seasons, he attempted 54 and 40. Over the next five seasons, he averaged 25 attempts.In 2017, Trout was stealing second when he tore a ligament in his left thumb on a head-first slide. He missed the next 39 games. Since then, Trout has worn a protective mitt on his left hand when running the bases, continuing to slide head-first when he deems it appropriate.Last year, Trout was stealing third and sliding feet first when he jammed his right wrist bracing himself against the ground. Although he missed the next 19 games, the injury only accounted for about two weeks of that. While he was rehabbing, his brother in law died and Trout missed time to be with his family.Cutting down on stolen bases is the simplest way to reduce wear, Trout said. It’s a little more tricky to play conservatively in the outfield.“I’m still going to be aggressive,” Trout said. “If I start playing (carefully) in the outfield, that’s when you get in trouble.”According to Sports Info Solutions, Trout dove for seven balls in the outfield this year. In the previous three years combined, he dove six times.Trout jammed his left wrist attempting a diving catch in July of 2015. He missed only two games. Although Trout insisted when he came back that the wrist wasn’t affecting his performance, he nonetheless hit .273 the rest of the season.While each of those recent injuries were the result of Trout’s actions on the field – unavoidable or not – this one doesn’t seem to be. Trout said there was nothing that he did that created this issue, nor any moment he recalls that it began.“I think just over time, there was scar tissue build up,” he said. “Over time, it was just firing that nerve.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Asked if he could have taken more time off back in August when it began, Trout shrugged.“I’m not sure,” he said. “I thought it wasn’t going to be too serious, but we got the MRI and it showed the neuroma in there and just got worse. The pain tolerance at first wasn’t terrible. But when I came out in Chicago (on Sept. 6), it was just bothering me when I was running. On Sunday, I went to the cage, it started bothering me hitting. By the end of the game, I could barely walk. It’s just an uncomfortable feeling in my foot and it never went away.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP José Suarez, 2-6, 6.94) at Yankees (RHP Luís Severino, season debut), Tuesday, 3:35 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AMlast_img read more

Teletović might play for LA Lakers

first_imgBiH basketball player Mirza Teletović could play for LA Lakers in the next season, reports sport.baIn his first NBA season he didn’t play as much as he would want it, but nonetheless he played in 53 matches.However, he could move from East Coast to West and start playing for LA Lakers.Teletović (1985) has been playing for Brooklyn Nets since 2012, and before that he played in Europe for Saski Baskonia (Spain), Oostende (Belgium), Sloboda Tuzla (BIH).On July 3, 2012, Teletović verbally agreed to a 3-year $15.6 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets.He made his NBA debut on November 5, 2012 in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He scored 5 points. On January 5, 2013, Teletović recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks in a win over the Sacramento Kings. On March 1, 2013, Nets head coach PJ Carlesimo said that he intended to put Teletović in the Nets rotation, along with giving him consistent minutes.last_img read more