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Under-fire New York mayor booed at George Floyd vigil

first_imgThe mayor said: “In the context of crisis, in the context of curfew, there is a point where enough is enough.”If officers say now is the point we need you to go home, it’s time to go home.”At the vigil, demonstrators among the several thousand in attendance chanted, “De Blasio go home!” and “Vote them out!” The mayor left shortly afterwards.The death of Floyd in Minneapolis last week unleashed outrage across the United States, with New York among dozens of cities seeing massive protests. New York’s mayor was widely booed Thursday during a vigil for George Floyd, an unarmed African American killed by police, after the official defended heavy handed policing of protesters defying the city’s curfew.Hundreds of mourners jeered over Bill de Blasio’s brief remarks at the Brooklyn service following a night in which videos circulating online showed police officers using batons on peaceful demonstrators.De Blasio told reporters he had not seen the footage but defended how the curfew was being enforced, saying that the NYPD had “overall” shown “a lot of restraint.” Floyd stopped breathing when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest for a non-violent suspected offence.Demonstrations earlier this week turned violent, with widespread looting, leading de Blasio to impose New York’s first curfew since World War II. It runs for the next four nights.The mayor is facing the biggest crisis of his leadership as the city still reels from the coronavirus crisis that has killed 21,000 New Yorkers.He has been criticized for supporting the police’s tactics but also for not preventing the looting of upmarket stores that rocked Manhattan neighborhoods on Sunday and Monday.A change.org petition launched last year calling for the removal of de Blasio has gained fresh impetus this week and now has around 110,000 signatures.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is known to have a rocky relationship with de Blasio, mentioned on Tuesday that he has the power to “displace” the mayor.Elsewhere, around 400 current and former members of de Blasio’s administration have signed an open letter slamming him for his refusal to condemn police “brutality” during the protests.On Saturday, a video showed a police car driving into demonstrators in Brooklyn.De Blasio, 59, hoped to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee for November’s election but his campaign last year failed to garner much support.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Australia posts record number of new COVID-19 infections

first_imgAustralia reported a record 501 new coronavirus infections Wednesday, nearly four months after the pandemic initially peaked in the country, with authorities warning of a critical new phase in its two biggest cities. Most of the cases were reported in Victoria state, where authorities have struggled to bring an outbreak in Melbourne under control despite an almost two-week lockdown on Australia’s second-biggest city. Australia’s new coronavirus infections previously peaked on March 28 when 459 cases were reported, according to data compiled by AFP, before the country appeared to bring the virus under control and began easing harsh restrictions.  Australia, like neighboring New Zealand, has been lauded for its pandemic response.Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews announced 484 new cases and two more deaths in the state Wednesday, bringing the state’s total active cases to just over 3,400.Australia has now recorded almost 13,000 cases of COVID-19 and 128 fatalities in a country of about 25 million.Melbourne residents will be required to wear masks outside from midnight — making the city the first place in Australia to mandate face coverings in public — in a new effort to slow the virus spread. But Andrews said “further behavior change” would still be required, after analysis showed almost nine in 10 people diagnosed with coronavirus over the two weeks to Tuesday did not self-isolate between feeling sick and seeking a COVID-19 test.Just over half of people also failed to stay at home between being tested and receiving their results, he added, saying authorities believed insecure work conditions were a key driver of the trend.Andrews said casual workers across a range of industries, who do not get sick leave provisions, were worried about “feeding their kids, paying their bills” but could apply for a Aus$1,500 ($1,070) hardship payment if they contract the virus.There are growing fears about the virus spreading through vulnerable populations after outbreaks at several nursing homes while inmates at six prisons have been confined to their cells after a guard tested positive.The outbreak has left Australia rattled and dampened hopes of a speedy economic recovery. Topics : ‘Most critical’ An inquiry into how the virus spread in Melbourne heard this week that many cases were likely linked to infection control breaches at hotels used to quarantine residents returning from overseas.Victoria has effectively been sealed off from the rest of the country in an effort to contain the virus, but new cases have been detected in neighboring New South Wales state.New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the coming weeks as “the most critical” since the height of the last lockdown, when the state held the mantle of Australia’s hardest-hit region.Several clusters have emerged in Sydney, which health officials believe sprung up after an infected man from Melbourne visited a popular pub.”We are not out of the woods by any stretch, quite the opposite,” Berejiklian told a press conference. “We remain on high alert and we have some level of anxiety as to the extent of community transmission.”Berejiklian said new restrictions would come into force Friday to tighten rules for bars, cafes, weddings and funerals, warning they could still be extended further.”A lack of compliance now has made us go down the compulsory path and we don’t apologize for that,” she said.Some states and territories were due to report daily figures later Wednesday but new community outbreaks have not been detected in less-populated regions for weeks.last_img read more

BLOG: 109 Municipalities Receive $12 Million under PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” Program (Round-up)

first_img May 17, 2016 By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant The Intelligencer: Bucks, Montgomery municipalities to get nearly $2.5 million for traffic signal improvementsMunicipalities in Bucks and Montgomery County will receive nearly $2.5 million in state grants toward traffic light upgrades and road projects…The [Green Light-Go] program, part of Act 89, the state’s transportation funding plan, establishes partnership agreements between municipalities and PennDOT, through which the municipalities request up to 50 percent funding for traffic-signal programs, according to PennDOT.Centre Daily Times: Centre County garners share of PennDOT traffic signal fundingThe state Department of Transportation is distributing traffic safety funds across the state, and a trio of municipalities in Centre County are getting in on the action…Green Light funding was made possible through Act 89 — the state’s transportation funding plan — and partnerships between the municipalities and PennDOT.TribLive: Green Light-Go funding to help Penn, Hempfield with traffic flowRoad signals in Hempfield and Penn townships will be updated to better manage traffic flow with the help of state funds channeled through PennDOT’s Green Light-Go program…Penn Township will receive $93,733 to upgrade a traffic signal at Route 130 and Walnut Street. Township Manager Alex Graziani said the upgrade should allow for better management of traffic between that intersection and where Route 130 hits Harrison City-Export Road, not far to the east.Times Tribune: Scranton, Clarks Green get grants for traffic signal upgradesScranton received $100,000 and Clarks Green got nearly $15,000 in state funds to defray costs of traffic signal upgrades, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday. The city and borough were among 109 municipalities to get funds from the state Department of Transportation’s $12 million “Green Light-Go” program, under which municipalities request up to 50 percent funding for traffic signal projects.Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks towns get more than $800,000 for traffic signal upgradesBucks County will receive a total of $835,687 in state grants toward several traffic light upgrades and road projects. Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that 109 municipalities across the state will receive $12 million in grants to upgrade their traffic lights, as part of the Green Light-Go program. In Bristol Township, $144,626 will go toward traffic signal updates at the intersection of Bristol-Oxford Valley, Bath and Lakeland roads, and $174,292 toward the intersection of Oxford Valley Road/Levittown Parkway and New Falls Road.Meadville Tribune: Meadville receives state funding to upgrade traffic lights along French Creek ParkwayThe City of Meadville has been awarded almost $140,000 in state funding to pay for 50 percent of the cost of upgrading most of the traffic lights along the French Creek Parkway…Meadville is to receive two state grants — the larger is $122,809 for a total upgrade of the traffic signals at the intersection of the French Creek Parkway and Mead Avenue. “It will be replacement of the poles, lights, masts and a total wiring of it,” Andy Walker, Meadville’s city manager, said Monday afternoon.WTAE: Governor Wolf announces $12 million in green light-go traffic signal improvement fundingGovernor Tom Wolf announced [Monday] that 109 municipalities will receive $12 million to underwrite the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) “Green Light-Go” program.WTAJ: State approves traffic signal upgradesLocal towns will see hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of safety improvements. Governor Tom Wolf announced Monday, that 109 municipalities will receive $12 million to underwrite the costs of upgrading traffic signals under PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” program. More than $340,000 of that will go to local towns in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Centre Counties.WJAC: Gov. Wolf announces $12M in ‘Green Light-Go’ traffic signal improvement fundingGov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that 109 municipalities will receive $12 million to underwrite the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s “Green Light-Go” program. BLOG: 109 Municipalities Receive $12 Million under PennDOT’s “Green Light-Go” Program (Round-up) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Infrastructure,  Round-Up,  The Blog,  Transportation Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced that 109 municipalities across Pennsylvania would receive $12 million to fund traffic signal upgrades. Made possible by Act 89, the state’s transportation funding plan, the Green Light-Go program establishes partnership agreements between municipalities and PennDOT through which municipalities request up to 50-percent funding for traffic-signal projects.“State and local partnerships like this are critical to improving traffic flow and safety across the state, and this program helps us meet that goal,” said Governor Wolf. “Through this investment, communities across the state will benefit from upgraded signals and intersections.”A county-by-county list of Green Light-Go funding recipients and descriptions of the proposed projects can be viewed in the announcement from the Governor’s Office.Take a look at the additional coverage below:last_img read more

EC Vollebyball Teams Hold Awards Banquet

first_imgThe night included dinner followed by the awards presentation. Before we handed out awards, we thanked the many people involved in making the season a success and presented the money raised from our breast cancer awareness game. This year, we raised $1,300 and decided to split the money between the Decatur County Breast Care Center and EC’s own teacher Jessica Wiedeman who is currently fighting her own battle with cancer. The night ended with a video wrap up of the season.Awards:Varsity:Top Server- Freshman Molly GreggMost Improved- Sophomore Bailey GrunkemeyerOffensive MVP- Sophomore Mackenzie EwingDefensive MVP- Senior Abby WilgenbuschTrojan- Seniors Sarah Hornbach & Abby Wilgenbusch1,000 Career Digs- Senior Abby WilgenbuschEIAC ChampsEIAC All ConferenceSenior Abby Wilgenbusch- EIAC Conference MVPJunior Catherine GreggSophomore Mackenzie EwingFreshman Molly GreggJV:Top Server- Sophomore Ashley DudleyMost Improved- Sophomore Ashley MillerMVP- Junior Olivia LangefeldFreshman:Top Server- Dani HallMost Improved- Alicia RosemeyerMVP- Alex Disbrolast_img read more

Hoosiers urged to practice ice safety

first_imgStatewide—With the recent snowfall and dropping temperatures, Indiana Conservation Officers advise being mindful of the potential hazards of frozen lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. It’s also important to keep a watchful eye on neighborhood retention ponds, lakes and other waterways for others who may venture out and find themselves in trouble.Every winter, thousands of Hoosiers safely enjoy fishing, skating, hiking, or just sliding around on frozen ponds and lakes. And every year, people drown after falling through the ice. Just like driving differently on snow versus clear roads, some may need to re-learn how to safely have fun on the ice. Put safety first. The best rule of thumb is when thinking about getting on the ice, believe it is thin ice unless proven otherwise.Here are a few tips to remember when considering standing on or walking on a frozen lake or pond: No ice is safe ice.Test the thickness of the ice with an ice auger. At least 4 inches of ice is recommended for ice fishing; 5 inches is recommended for snowmobiling.If you don’t know the thickness of the ice, don‘t go on it.Wear life jackets or flotation coats.Carry ice hooks and rope gear.Before going on the ice, leave a note of your whereabouts with a friend or family member.Don’t test the thickness of the ice while alone.Wearing a life jacket is especially important when on the ice. If you fall through, a life jacket will keep your head above the water until help arrives.The coating of snow that Indiana just received can make for treacherous ice conditions. The snow can insulate the ice, causing it to freeze at a slower rate. When snow and rain freeze into ice, it is never as strong as solid, clear ice.If you see a pet or other animal in distress on the ice, do not go after it. Doing so can often end in tragedy. Instead, contact your local emergency response personnel, who are equipped to make a rescue.Some bodies of water will appear to be frozen solid but actually can have thin ice in several potentially unexpected areas. Flowing water, such as rivers and streams, should be avoided when covered by a layer of ice. Water that is surrounded by sand may freeze with inconsistencies in the thickness of the ice.Underground springs, wind, waterfowl, and other animals can also keep areas of ice thin.last_img read more

Time out of team ‘will help Hart’

first_imgManuel Pellegrini remains convinced Joe Hart will benefit from his spell out of the Manchester City side. City boss Pellegrini dropped the England goalkeeper earlier this month after a period of inconsistent form in which he made a series of high-profile errors. But despite missing the last two Barclays Premier League games Hart has retained the faith of England manager Roy Hodgson and impressed in the midweek friendly loss to Germany. That led to suggestions the 26-year-old could return for City’s home clash with Tottenham this weekend but his replacement Costel Pantilimon could again be preferred. Pellegrini, speaking last week before Hart played for England against Germany, told Sky Sports News Arabia: “I think at this moment that maybe Joe needs a rest but we still have a lot of trust in Joe and he’s still a very important player in our squad. “I am absolutely sure that this will be an important thing for him to come back to his performances of the last two years.” Pantilimon’s selection for the last four games – including a Captial One Cup tie and a Champions League group match – has finally seen the Romanian given a chance to shine. Prior to that Pantilimon had featured only in domestic cup ties since joining the club in the summer of 2011. Pellegrini felt it was fair the 26-year-old was given the opportunity. He said: “It’s very important for me as a manager – you don’t have 11 players – you have 22. “I analyse what they do every week – I talk with them.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mourinho questions fairness of FFP

first_img The Blues’ boss had to balance the Stamford Bridge books over the summer, selling Demba Ba, David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku to fund moves for Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis. Despite having the financial windfalls of Champions League football, Mourinho was unable to spend as freely as other sides – with Manchester United a prime example as Louis van Gaal went out and paid high sums despite their lack of European football this season. United broke the Premier League transfer record to sign Angel Di Maria, with Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao also brought in. And Mourinho, whose Chelsea side sit top of the table having gone unbeaten in all competitions so far this term, feels more ‘traditional’ clubs are the beneficiaries of UEFA’s imposed financial constraints. “I think Financial Fair Play is a contradiction,” he told Eurosport-Yahoo. “When football decided to go for Financial Fair Play it was exactly to put teams in equal conditions to compete. “But what happened really with the Financial Fair Play is a big protection to the historical, old, big clubs, which have a financial structure, a commercial structure, everything in place based on historical success for years and years and years.” Chelsea have joined that elite in the last decade since Roman Abramovich brought the club and began to bankroll improvements on and off the pitch. Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City fell foul of UEFA’s rules as they themselves aim to establish a strong presence across the globe and had their Champions League squad reduced as a result. And Mourinho believes the rules simply make it more difficult for any club looking to reach the higher echelons of the football world. Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea are being hit by a ‘contradiction’ in UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules – which he claims help the club’s rivals. “The ‘new’ clubs – I call them ‘new’ clubs, those with new investment – they cannot put themselves quickly at the same level,” he added. “Clubs with new owners cannot immediately attack the control and the domination of these big clubs. “Chelsea is not an old, historical, huge club – but it’s also not a club with a new owner. It’s a club with the same owner for more than 10 years. “A club with a very important history, with great stability too. And at this moment I think we are just below them. I can say we are a very good club with the ambition to be a great club.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Sankar’s Auto Works  inks Clash of Champions deal

first_imgSANKAR’s  Auto Works, through its Valvoline brand, has come on board as a major sponsor of the November 16th and 17th Clash of Champions race meet of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s event.The company, through Darsho Singh, handed over the sponsorship cheque this week while expressing its support for the event.The company, through Singh stated, “We are more than pleased to support the clash of champions international race meet. We’ve seen it grow throughout the years and we could not pass up the opportunity when they came to us.”In receiving the sponsorship, GMR&SC executive member Motilall Deodass said, “Valvoline has been involved in racing for a number of years, not only in Guyana, but across the world.”“And to have such a big brand partner with us means that we are doing something right in motorsport. We want to thank them for this support and let them know that we will strive for a great race meet.”Apart from Sankar’s, other major sponsors include B.M Soat Auto Sales, Mohamed’s Enterprise, Tropical Shipping, MOTUL, ExxonMobil, JAPARTS and Air Services.Other sponsors include Prem’s Electrical, AgriParts, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, Secure Innovations and concepts Inc., Premier Auto Sales, Bikers Bar, Professional Key Shop, Truck Masters, Palm Court, King’s Jewellery World, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Ramchand Autobody and Tow Truck Service, KGM security, Royal Castle, Ramada Hotel, Readymix, Auto Fashion, Ideal Supplies, Panko Steel Fabrication, Hand in Hand, Windjammer International, Cyril’s Taxi, Century Tamara Energy Service, ISG and Survival Supermarket.The event is expected to feature action in the street and sport tuner class, the groups two, three and four and the superbikes,as well as the Radical Caribbean Cup.The two-day event, which  is billed for the South Dakota Circuit, is set for November 16th and 17th. Admission cost: Adults $2000; Children $1000. Children under 10 are free.last_img read more

Barca stumble to draw at Sociedad after penalty protests

first_imgSAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona lashed out at the referee after their six-game winning streak in all competitions came to a halt yesterday with a 2-2 La Liga draw at Real Sociedad, in which they conceded a penalty and had an appeal for a spot-kick turned down in added time.The draw leaves Barca still leading with 35 points from 16 games but Real Madrid, on 34, can take over at the top with a win at Valencia today, perfectly setting up a mouth-watering midweek clash between the two giants at the Camp Nou.Sociedad are fourth in the table on 28 points, three points behind third-placed Sevilla who play today. The hosts went ahead in the 12th minute with a Mikel Oyarzabal penalty but goals from Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez either side of halftime put Barca in front, only for Alexander Isak to level shortly after the hour mark.Both sides went looking for a winner in a frantic finale and Barcelona had a strong penalty shout waved away in stoppage time when Gerard Pique was tugged by defender Diego Llorente. The incident appeared to provide a stronger case for a penalty than when Barca’s Sergio Busquets was punished for grabbing Diego Llorente’s shirt early in the game.An aggrieved Busquets questioned why referee Javier Alberola Rojas was not instructed by the video assistant referee (VAR) to review the late incident involving Pique on the screen.ADVERTISEMENT“If you set the bar so low as in the first penalty then you have to give a lot of penalties. The VAR should have intervened in the last play, it’s a clear penalty against Pique,” he said.“I think the referee saw it but he didn’t want to award it. I don’t know why the VAR didn’t intervene. I’d like to hear an explanation but there won’t be one.” NO CELEBRATIONSpain international Oyarzabal sent Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen the wrong way from the spot to give Sociedad the lead but Griezmann levelled in the 38th minute by scoring against the club where he began his career.The French forward, who entered Sociedad’s youth academy aged 13, opted against celebrating after nonchalantly scooping the ball over keeper Alex Remiro, to score, having been played in by Suarez in a sweeping counter-attack. Suarez put the Catalans ahead in the 49th minute, passing a lay-off from Lionel Messi into an empty net.But Sociedad levelled when Ter Stegen failed to properly punch away a cross from Nacho Monreal and Swedish youngster Isak pounced on the loose ball to smash it home from close range.“Both teams had their moments and their chances and either side could have scored a third goal,” said Griezmann. “It’s a shame we could only draw. We gave everything but now we have to learn, improve and focus on the Clasico. They made a very good start and we got our tactics wrong, but in the end we fixed it and we created chances to win the game.”last_img read more

MBB : ONE AT A TIME: Syracuse defeats Rutgers in overtime behind 34 made free throws

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Brandon Triche stepped to the free-throw line ‘half blind.’ With 28 seconds left in Syracuse’s eventual 84-80 overtime win over Rutgers on Saturday and SU up by four, Triche had a chance to virtually close out the victory.But a little more than three minutes earlier, Triche was poked in the eye by a Rutgers player. As a result, his contact popped out. He prepared to shoot with off-center vision. He looked at Rick Jackson, shaking his head and pointing to the eye.‘I was just telling Rick, ‘All right, man, I’m probably not going to hit rim on this one,” Triche said. ‘But when the first one went in, I was just trying to keep the same follow-through and shoot the same shot.’Triche sunk both, giving SU an 81-75 lead. He went 4-of-4 from the line ‘half blind’ and 9-of-9 overall. And his success was part of a recurring theme for the Orange.Syracuse (22-6, 9-6 Big East) stepped to the line a whopping 47 times Saturday in the Carrier Dome, far more than it has in any game all season. The Orange made 34 (72.3 percent) of those tries — many of which came in clutch, late-game situations and in an overtime full of free-throw attempts — to propel it to victory in front of 28,944 in the Dome.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor the worst free-throw shooting team in the Big East coming into Saturday’s game (64.9 percent), those shots from the line saved a second-half defensive breakdown. And though that breakdown resulted in an overtime session, free throws helped clinch the game there, too.‘Damn,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said upon learning of SU’s 47 free-throw attempts. ‘We need to do that every game.’Getting to the line so much went hand in hand with Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim’s offensive game plan: attack and drive to the basket.Through that attacking mentality, the Orange engaged in a fast-paced first half. Rutgers’ (13-13, 4-10) 44 points in the half were the most put up by any opponent SU has faced this season. Both teams shot better than 54 percent from the field.For SU, the offensive output was predicated on inside play and ball movement. Jackson had 11 points in the half. Drives from Kris Joseph and Jardine led to open 3-point opportunities or easy buckets down low. And the crisp passes also led to fouls, resulting in 16 first-half trips to the charity stripe.‘We kept attacking,’ SU forward C.J. Fair said. ‘We got good shots a lot. … Free throws are always a big key when we get to the line. We did a good job of hitting the free throws that we needed.’SU carried the game plan through to the second half, during which it built up a comfortable lead. But then came a defensive meltdown, caused by Jackson’s relegation to the bench after picking up four fouls. Rutgers scored on four of five possessions while he was out of the game as Jackson was replaced by freshman Baye Moussa Keita.An accompanying SU offensive drought helped Rutgers stay in the game as well. Syracuse didn’t score for more than four minutes after a putback by Fair gave SU a 64-56 lead.And after Rutgers’ Mike Coburn hit two free throws, SU found itself down 70-69. On the ensuing possession, Jackson stepped to the line near the end of another physical Big East game — the product of which sent him to the stripe with 9.9 seconds remaining. Jackson split the difference, tying the game.‘Once I missed (the first) one, I just wanted to make that one back,’ Jackson said. After James Beatty missed a 3-pointer on the other end, Syracuse entered its first overtime game of the season. Nine of SU’s 14 points in the extra session came via the free-throw line, including the clinching point.Calm, cool and collected, Joseph stepped to the free-throw line. It was a spot the Syracuse players were familiar with by the end of Saturday’s game.All that stood between uncertainty and a win was one made free throw to extend SU’s lead to two possessions. And as Joseph stepped to the line with five seconds left, he drained the first. Game over.‘It’s kind of muscle memory,’ Joseph said. ‘You just have to knock it down, have confidence. You want to be put in a situation like that if you’re a player who wants to make big plays.’bplogiur@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on February 18, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more