Bernard Jackman revives Grenoble

first_imgThe former Ireland hooker is hoping to propel Grenoble up the Top 14 table with a fresh approach and a few new signings Head man: Bernard Jackman has made a successful switch from player to coachJackman says that Grenoble will look to play at a high tempo this season, keeping the ball in hand more and asking questions of other teams’ fitness. That’s one reason why he had the squad start their pre-season training on 10 June, although he stresses that it’s not all work and no play. This week, for example, the squad is enjoying a week off and then it’s back to training in readiness for their two-week tour to Argentina. So while their rivals are playing each other in gentle friendlies under the French sun, Grenoble will be facing Argentina in two matches that are part of the Pumas’ preparation for the Rugby Championship.It’s proof that Jackman means business. By appointing him head coach Grenoble have just made French rugby a little less wacky and a lot more wiser. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS THE WORLD would be a duller place without French rugby clubs. Take Grenoble. Ten years ago the club was going places. They hired Dean Richards, arguably then the most successful club coach in Europe having guided Leicester to back-to-back Heineken Cup titles in 2001 and 2002, and there were ambitions within Grenoble of doing something similar. Richards lasted a season in the job, quitting as the club went bust with debts of €3.6m. Relegated to the amateur leagues, Grenoble regrouped and slowly worked their way back into the top flight while also putting their finances in order.A decade on, Grenoble are once more dreaming big and it’s an outsider tasked with turning the fantasy into reality. Unlike ‘Deano’, however, Bernard Jackman has a good grounding in the complexities of French club rugby. The former Leinster and Ireland hooker joined the Grenoble staff in 2011 as forwards coach and his long apprenticeship will stand him in good stead now he’s in the top job.As head coach, the 38-year-old has carte blanche to do things his way and that includes recruitment. “When I bring a foreigner in I want someone who’s going to assimilate into the culture,” explains Jackman. “Not someone who goes around complaining about the way the French do things.” With that in mind, the first of his big pre-season signings was Ross Skeate from Agen. The athletic South African has been hired to boss the lineout. “He brings something to the squad not just with his mobility and his calming presence on the field,” says Jackman, “but also the fact he’s educated, well-rounded and speaks fluent French.”Fast mover: Gio Aplon, here attacking for the Stormers, is joining GrenobleSkeate’s experience will be crucial, as will that of Gio Aplon and Charl McLeod, two other South Africans signed by Jackman. At the other extreme is 21-year-old Chris Farrell, the former Ireland U20 international who has joined from Ulster. “I think Chris could be the next Yannick Jauzion,” says Jackman. Like the former Toulouse and France centre, Farrell is big (in his case 16st 7lb and 6ft 5in) but he possesses more pace.“He’s a massive coup for us,” says Jackman. “He’s not a household name in Ireland but people who know their rugby know of his potential.” Injuries hindered Farrell’s progress in Ulster but Jackman says if he stays fit he could be the club’s secret weapon this season. Significantly, Farrell has already mastered the basics of the French language, something that goes a long way in determining which foreigners make a fist of their time in France.Farrell will have inside him at fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski, recently arrived from Racing Métro after seven up-and-down seasons in Paris. When he’s good, the Frenchman is very good but he’s struggled at times with consistency. “My goal with Jonathan is to get him into the France squad,” says Jackman. “He’s a guy who needs the coach’s confidence and I’ll give him a game plan that I hope helps him fulfil his massive potential.”center_img Unfulfilled potential: Jonathan Wisniewski is swapping Paris and Racing Métro for GrenobleJackman admits that a game plan was something Grenoble missed for much of last season, a season that at one point saw them in the top six only to suffer a slump in form late on that had them scrapping for survival in the final weeks of the campaign.However, since taking over as head coach Jackman has been meticulous in his preparations for the coming season. It’s going to be a long one, even by French standards, beginning on 16 August and ending with the Top 14 final on 13 June. “I’m working very closely with the S&C (strength and conditioning) people to ensure we have a global plan for the season,” explains Jackman. “It’s such a long season that it’s a case of monitoring everything: from minutes played, to metres run, to loads on players. Fortunately GPS allows us to monitor players much more scientifically so we can build up accurate data on each and make them as fit and as fresh as possible in what’s going to be a marathon season.”But it won’t be a programme set in stone. “When a season is so long you have to be reactive, perceptive and flexible, so you can change the plan if you think the players need it.”Such attention to detail hasn’t been the hallmark of all the Top 14 clubs in recent seasons, some of whom have a more old-fashioned approach to fitness than their Anglophone counterparts. As a result, explains Jackman, “the French are capable of playing very fast for a few minutes, when they get caught up in the emotion of the occasion and the passion of the crowd, but they generally struggle to last the pace for 80 minutes”. This is equally true of the national team, whitewashed 3-0 by Australia last month in a series that demonstrated France’s inability to compete at the same intensity as their opponents. Training days: Grenoble’s players will be working hard on their conditioning during pre-season last_img read more

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Apopka carjacker also a suspect in Eustis

first_img CEDRICK ANTWAIN GANT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSApopka Police Department Previous articleChristian Chamber Speaker: Merging business leadership with social justiceNext articleApopka debris removal update Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! From the Apopka Police DepartmentCedrick Gant was apparently on a carjacking spree in Central Florida on Monday morning.The Apopka Police Department arrested Gant, 27 of Orlando, and charged him with Armed Carjacking, Robbery with a Firearm, Burglary to an Occupied Dwelling with an Assault therein, Tampering with a Witness – Hinder or Delay Report to Law Enforcement, Grand Theft 20K-100K (with a firearm), Fleeing and Eluding, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Burglary of a Conveyance (with a firearm), Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Resisting Arrest without Violence, Driving while License Suspended, and Petit Theft.A pursuit followed between the Apopka Police Department and Gant. In the area of Roger Williams Road and Orange Blossom Trail, officers conducted a “PIT” maneuver (a technique to immobilize the suspect vehicle) which ended the vehicle pursuit.Cedrick GantCarjacking and Robbery with a Firearm have 10-year minimum/mandatory sentences. Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Burglary of a Conveyance with a Firearm have three-year mandatory minimum sentences.But it doesn’t stop there.According to the APD, their investigation allowed the Eustis Police Department (EPD) to link Gant to a similar incident which occurred within their jurisdiction approximately one hour prior to the Armed Carjacking in Apopka.The EPD was able to obtain a warrant for Gant today. Both agencies are working in conjunction for a successful prosecution of Gant.According to the arrest report, Gant has a violent arrest record. His history includes Aggravated Stalking with a Credible Theft, Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Home Invasion Robbery, Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person, and multiple Violations of Injunction. Additionally, Gant currently has a court-ordered injunction against him which prohibits him from possessing firearms (in addition to being a convicted felon).The gun Gant used in the carjacking was a Norinco SKS Assault Rifle.On Monday at approximately 9:22 am, the APD received a 911 call regarding an armed car-jacking at the 2500 block of Sugar Sand Court.  The victim advised that Gant approached her outside of her home while she was in her vehicle. Gant had a military green rifle with him, threatened her with it, and stole her grey Ford Escape. The victim fled into her home.The victim called 911 and the information was broadcast across Apopka police radio channels. A school resource sergeant saw the vehicle drive by the area of Apopka High School and, with other officers, attempted a stop on the suspect, at which time he fled in the Escape.According to the APD, the gun Gant used in the carjacking was a Norinco SKS Assault Rifle.A pursuit followed and in the area of Roger Williams and Orange Blossom Trail, officers conducted a “PIT” maneuver (a technique to immobilize the suspect vehicle) which ended the vehicle pursuit. The suspect fled the vehicle into thick woods in the area and then into a nearby occupied home. The suspect’s rifle was left in the vehicle when he fled.“He led us on a chase,” said APD Chief Michael Mc Kinley. “He traveled in the wrong direction briefly on 441. We made sure we did not pursue him in that direction. We kept the community safe while at the same time apprehending him.”The occupants of the home fled the house upon his entry.  A perimeter was established immediately by patrol and support officers to contain the suspect within the area.  Apopka K-9 units, Orange County Sheriff’s Office K-9, as well as Orange County’s helicopter, responded to assist in the search. Suspect Gant fled the home after he changed his clothes and was subsequently located in a wooded area directly behind the residence he entered.According to the Arrest Report, Gant was apprehended by the APD at 10:37 AM, only 75 minutes from the first 911 call.McKinley praised the APD for a complete team effort in apprehending Gant quickly and effectively.“Kudos to our dispatch unit,” said APD Chief Michael McKinley. “After being notified of the crime, they put the vehicle description out. The Apopka High School (SRO) Officer left the high school to do an area check and saw the vehicle traveling southbound on Vick Road. Our control units had a very quick response as well as our tactical units, and our criminal investigation units,” he said. “They secured the area, and with the help of the Orange County Sheriff’s K-9 unit, and the APD K-9 unit, we were able to locate the individual, and apprehend him.” Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

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Apopka Burglary Report

first_img Apopka Burglary Report: Week Ending – 3/10/2018The Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending March 10th shows six burglaries reported in the City of Apopka.Three burglaries were reported at businesses in the 100 block of S PARK AVE, the 1600 BLOCK of SPINFISHER DR., and the 1500 block of E SEMORAN BLVD.One burglary was reported at a residence in the 1000 BLOCK of ROYAL OAKS DR.Two vehicle burglaries were reported in the 900 BLOCK of GEORGIA AVE, and the 1700 BLOCK of CHATHAM CIR.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:3 – Business1 – Residential2 – Vehicle The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleAlert: Elderly Apopka woman foundNext articleRunoffs for Seat #1 and Seat #2 set for April 10th Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name herelast_img read more

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Minneapolis activists demonstrate: ‘You can fight City Hall!’

first_imgWW photo: Minnie Bruce PrattMinneapolis — Activists rallied against state repression at a lunchtime protest at Minneapolis City Hall on Sept. 13. Demonstrators gathered in solidarity with Northwest and Midwest grand jury resisters and Occupy Homes MN organizers.Many of the activists there have demonstrated support for the struggle to free CeCe McDonald over the last year. Several planned to take part in a motorcycle “swarm” for a group visit with CeCe McDonald in St. Cloud, Minn., where she is incarcerated.Two activists had traveled to Minneapolis from Anoka, Minn., where they work to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer teenagers resisting ultraright-wing bullying. (justinsgift.org/)Noted transgender author and activist, Leslie Feinberg, who faces charges for an act of solidarity with Cece McDonald, came to the rally to demonstrate solidarity with anti-foreclosure activists and grand jury resisters.Drop all charges against Occupy HomesOccupy Homes MN’s website explains: “On May 30, fifteen community supporters were peacefully arrested at the foreclosed Cruz family home as many linked arms and sat on the front stoop. Though they were originally charged with trespassing, the city decided to escalate the charges. Fourteen of the protesters arrested that day, as well as another arrested during a 4 a.m. raid on the Cruz family’s home, now face charges of third-degree riot, a gross misdemeanor, along with four other misdemeanors, which carry a total sentence of up to 2 years in prison and a $7,000 fine.“Occupy Homes MN’s defense of the Cruz home made headlines around the country this spring after protesters repeatedly fended off sheriffs and police who came to evict the home; the Cruz family traveled to PNC Bank headquarters in Pittsburgh to renegotiate their loan in person; the city of Minneapolis spent over $42,000 on police forces at the Cruz home; and 37 people were arrested in acts of civil disobedience, including hip-hop artist Brother Ali.”Activists demand the dropping of all charges, and “that all police who used violence in the course of these evictions, including Chief Tim Dolan, who was photographed stepping on peaceful protesters, be formally disciplined; and that no more public resources be used to carry out evictions.” (occupyhomesmn.org)Donations for legal defense of activists who were arrested for defending the Cruz home can be made at: wepay.com/occupyhomesmn. For more information on this struggle, see youtube.com/watch?v=c_6Kz8MIpns.Solidarity with grand jury resisters!The Solidarity Against State Repression page on Facebook stresses: “From the Midwest to the Northwest, let’s create a culture of resistance by showing solidarity with those who have their backs against the wall. A federal grand jury has convened in Seattle and already four people in the Pacific Northwest have been subpoenaed to testify against their comrades. The subpoenaed comrades have boldly refused to cooperate with the grand jury, potentially facing jail time for doing so.” See saynothing.noblogs.org and nopoliticalrepression.wordpress.com for more information on Northwest grand jury resistance.Midwest activists are organizing a National Call-In Day to End the Investigation of Activists. That event’s Facebook page notes: “Two years after the Sept. 24, 2010, FBI raids and grand jury repression that targeted 23 Midwest anti-war, Palestinian and international solidarity activists, the Committee to Stop FBI Repression is urging activists around the country to take action. Two years is enough! It is time for the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s office to say, once and for all, that this investigation is over.”Activists urge progressive forces to organize protests and events on the week of Sept. 20-26. They ask supporters to call Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas at 312-353-5300 ext. 68027 and tell him to “End the investigation of anti-war andinternational solidarity activists.” See stopfbi.net for more information.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Elizabeth Jennings — a New York City pioneer

first_imgMore than a century before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus in 1955, an African-American woman refused to give up her seat on a horse-driven streetcar in New York City.  Elizabeth Jennings refused to relinquish her seat in July 1854. As a result, she was brutally attacked and thrown off the streetcar. She was 24 years old and on her way to church. Streetcars in the 1830s and 1840s were privately owned, and the drivers decided who could ride or not. They carried whips to keep African Americans away.In a segregated system, African-American travelers were not welcome, and challenging the system was dangerous. By the late 1840s, there were special public buses that African Americans could ride, which were marked with signs on the back or sides reading “Colored Persons Allowed.” However, these buses ran infrequently, irregularly and often not at all.            A New York Tribune February 1855 article about the Jennings incident and subsequent court case reported: “The conductor undertook to get her off, first alleging the car was full, when that was shown to be false. He pretended the other passengers were displeased at her presence. But [when] she insisted on her rights, he took hold of her by force to expel her. She resisted. The conductor got her down on the platform, jammed her bonnet, soiled her dress and injured her person. Quite a crowd gathered. But she effectually resisted. Finally, after the car had gone on further, with the aid of a policeman they succeeded in removing her.” (tinyurl.com/y4ysuhp8)The African-American community was enraged, and the day after the incident they held a rally at Jennings’ church. Just as Rosa Parks did, Jennings took her case to court. She sued the streetcar company, the driver and the conductor. She was represented by a law firm in which a future president of the U.S., Chester A. Arthur, was a lawyer; the firm was hired because it had demonstrated skill in the area of civil rights the year before.News of the Jennings’ incident and lawsuit went national. In 1855, a Brooklyn Circuit Court judge ruled in Jennings’ favor: “Colored Persons if sober, well behaved and free from disease, had the same rights as others and could neither be excluded by any rules of the company, nor by force or violence.” She won $225 in damages. As the Tribune reported, “Some jury members had peculiar actions as to colored people’s rights.”Within a month of the Jennings decision, however, an African-American man was barred from a railway car. He too filed a lawsuit and settled out of court. But streetcar segregation in New York City didn’t end until more than 20 years later, a decade after the Civil War.   Jennings taught in the city’s African-American schools and later in the public school system in the 1850s and 1860s. She married in 1860 and became Elizabeth Graham.  In 1895, she founded the first African-American kindergarten. Her father, Thomas Jennings, owned a tailor shop and was well respected. In 1821, he had been the first Black person to receive a patent for dry-cleaning clothes. He was also a civil rights activist and with others formed the Black Legal Rights Association. Jennings also worked with Frederick Douglass to eliminate slavery in the U.S. Frederick Douglass’ newspaper also reported on Elizabeth Jennings’ incident and case.  After the Civil War began in 1861, a resolution was passed in July 1863 which allowed wealthy New Yorkers to buy their way out of the draft. Angry working-class, mostly Irish immigrants in lower Manhattan were resentful and rioted for four days, targeting mostly African Americans and abolitionists in what became known as the “Draft Riots.” Blacks were exempt from the draft — because they were not considered citizens.Resentful white immigrants assumed that newly emancipated Blacks in the South would migrate to New York and compete for jobs. The white mobs looted and destroyed homes, and they burned down the Colored Orphanage Asylum. The official death toll was 119 — more than 70 Blacks were lynched, many more beaten or killed. Elizabeth Jennings’ 1-year-old son died during the violence. Jennings herself died in 1901. African Americans fled uptown to Harlem, Brooklyn and New Jersey, resulting in a 20 percent decline in their population in lower Manhattan. The New York City “Draft Riots” are considered the largest civil uprising in U.S. history.In 1873 the New York Civil Rights Act was passed, giving legal rights to Blacks on public transportation. A street sign in lower Manhattan on Park Row today carries Elizabeth Jennings’ name.During Women’s History Month this March, NYC’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, announced that a monument to Elizabeth Jennings Graham will be constructed and dedicated in Grand Central Station in Manhattan to honor one of the city’s influential women. Monuments will also be constructed and dedicated to three women in other boroughs as part of the “She Built NYC” initiative.Sources: NY Historical Society, July 2018; baruch.cuny.edu; MSNBC, Jan. 13 and Feb. 25; New York Times, Feb. 13,  by Amisha Padnani and Veronica Chambers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Working-class youth want socialism!

first_imgAccording to a poll by YouGov in September 2019, 70 percent of millennials — people between 23 and 38 — would vote for a socialist. One-third view communism favorably compared to capitalism. What this poll implies is that young people in the U.S. increasingly believe in a socialist future for humanity and the planet. Trust in the basic institutions and the founding mythology of the United States is crumbling. Only 57 percent of millennials favored the U.S. Declaration of Independence over the Communist Manifesto as a document that would “guarantee freedom.” That’s compared to 94 percent of people over 74 choosing the Declaration over the Manifesto. Communism’s popularity among millennials is growing quickly, with their support increasing by 8 percent in the last year. Meanwhile, 35 percent of millennials view Marxism favorably. One in five believe the world would be better off if private property were abolished. When it comes to reforms, totally free college has 45 percent support, and 50 percent believe the government should guarantee everyone a job. What are the conditions and experiences that created all these “red millennials”? This is the generation that occupied Wall Street, that led Black Lives Matter, that goes on strike for climate justice, that votes for Bernie Sanders and candidates further to the left, and that continues to fight every racist, fascist attack by Trump. This is a generation that is pro-union, pro-im/migrant, pro-LGBTQ2+ and pro-gender equality, as well as anti-war and anti-racist. This is also a generation that is underemployed, faces trillions in student debt and can’t pay down their credit cards or medical bills. Children of millennials, those born today, face a lower life expectancy than their parents. This crushing statistic is an indictment of the criminal capitalist system that caused the decline — an indictment of capitalism at a dead end. Despite the annihilation of living standards by capitalism, the impact of anti-communist propaganda over the past century — a response by capital to the victorious Bolshevik Revolution — is still a reality. For example, 61 percent of people polled deemed the word “communist” to be an insult. Significantly, though, only 37 percent of all people found the word “socialist” insulting. A majority of those polled viewed Donald Trump as the greatest single threat to world peace. He continues the classic anti-communist crusade, calling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive elected officials “Communists” and “anti-American.” Meanwhile, the Democratic Party leadership faces a challenge from “democratic socialists” within their party, creating a divide over whether they continue to be the unapologetic party of neoliberal imperialism or cede ground to those pushing a more progressive agenda. Old Guard Democratic Party leaders such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continue to defend market-oriented, capitalist perspectives. While the Democrats flounder, socialist and communist parties in the U.S. are growing as the entire world grapples with the demise of capitalism. Capitalists celebrate fall of Berlin Wall, but socialism advancesWhen the Berlin Wall came down 30 years ago, it ushered in a global counterrevolution and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Capitalist apologists proclaimed the end of history, declaring capitalism to be the world’s permanent economic system. Yet after three decades of capitalism in the former German Democratic Republic, Eastern Europe and the former USSR, polls show a majority in those countries prefer the life they had under socialism. They have experienced the contrast between a system which guaranteed jobs, inexpensive housing, universal child care, free quality health care, versus the ills of capitalism: unemployment, homelessness, wage theft, low pay, illiteracy, right-wing nationalism, lack of mental health support, to name a few.In China today, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty and serious steps are being taken to address the climate emergency. The people of Cuba live longer than people in the U.S. Reality runs counter to all the capitalist propaganda that “socialism is a good idea, but it can’t work” or that the U.S. “saved the world” from communist “slavery” and “dictatorship.”Pro-socialist governments in countries like Venezuela and Bolivia, currently under siege by U.S.-backed, right-wing forces, have made tremendous gains for the people and built grassroots movements after winning bourgeois elections.However, the primary question remains: Which class will control the banks, major industries, the media and civil society — along with the state apparatus? This question will be decisive for the survival of humanity and all life on the planet.Socialist revolution is, in fact, the only real alternative to the capitalist system of exploitation and the growing danger of fascism. Since our founding 60 years ago, Workers World Party has steadfastly defended the socialist camp and its endeavors to transform the world. We look forward to many young millennial communists joining our ranks and fighting in the streets to build a workers’ world! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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World’s youngest detained blogger on trial in northern Iran

first_img RSF_en November 18, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 World’s youngest detained blogger on trial in northern Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information News The world’s youngest detained blogger, 18-year-old Navid Mohebbi, is currently being tried behind closed doors before a revolutionary court in the northern city of Amol. His lawyer is not being allowed to attend the trial, which began on 14 November.Arrested at his home in Amol on 18 September by eight intelligence ministry officials, Mohebbi is facing the possibility of a long prison sentence. A women’s rights activist who keeps a blog called “The writings of Navid Mohebbi” (http://navidmohebbi3.blogfa.com/), he had been summoned and questioned several times by various intelligence services in the past year. He was beaten at the moment of his arrest and has been held in cell with ordinary offenders ever since.Mohebbi has been accused of “activities contrary to national security” and “insulting the Islamic Republic’s founder and current leader (…) by means of foreign media.” He has also been accused of being member of the “One Million Signatures” movement, a campaign to collect signatures to a petition for changes to laws that discriminate against women.One the movement’s leaders, Sussan Tahmassebi, who edits the English-language version of the “Change for Equality” website, received the Alison Des Forges award from Human Rights Watch on 16 November for her activities of behalf of human rights.She told Reporters Without Borders: “I dedicate this prize to all the human rights activists and women’s rights activists in Iran, especially those who are currently in prison, hoping to be freed soon. This prize will given them encouragement.”Mohebbi’s case is not isolated. Many Iranian netizens have been arrested, prosecuted or convicted. Ten of them are currently in prison in Iran. One of the detained bloggers is Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour, a cleric and editor of the “Silent Echo” website (http://www.pejvak-kh.com), who has been held since 27 December 2009 in the religious city of Qom. He is serving a one-year sentence on charges of “disseminating false information attacking the government” and “discrediting the Shiite clergy.” He went on hunger strike last year in protest against his prison conditions and sent an open to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.Until Mohebbi’s arrest, the world’s youngest blogger in detention was the Syrian high school student Tal Al-Mallouhi, who was 18 when she was arrested on 27 December 2009 after responding to a summons from a Syrian intelligence agency. She is still being held by the intelligence agency although no charge has so far been brought against her.center_img Receive email alerts News News March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further February 25, 2021 Find out more News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

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Pope Benedict confirms Mgr Eamon Martin as next Primate of All-Ireland

first_imgNews Google+ By News Highland – January 18, 2013 I look forward to getting to know Archbishop Clarke and the other Christian Church leaders.  It is important that we encourage dialogue and seek common cause with all groups and individuals who are working for the common good.  The continued threats from those who appear not to want lasting peace, and the tensions on our streets in recent days, remind us how important it is to work more closely together for true and lasting reconciliation.  There is still much to be done in healing the wounds caused by division and mistrust.  We in the Churches can play out part – inspired by the Word of God which speaks clearly to us about conversion, repentance and forgiveness. Google+ Pope Benedict confirms Mgr Eamon Martin as next Primate of All-Ireland Although I am a little fearful in taking on this role of service, I am also enthusiastic.  Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council was taking place in Rome.  The work of the Council remains our work today, and its documents provide our compass as we strive to bring renewal to every area of church life.  I shall hold on to the vision of the International Eucharistic Congress – the People of God, in communion with Christ and with one another, sent out from the Eucharist to glorify the Lord by their lives and to announce the Good News.  We are all called to a deep personal friendship with Jesus Christ who is really present in the Eucharist and who speaks to us in his Word.  He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! He gives us the courage to ‘put out into the deep’ and accept our share of responsibility for the past, the present and the future.   Please continue to pray that God grant me the health and strength I need to do his will, and that, under the protection of Mary Queen of Ireland, my ministry may help to bring hope, renewal and joy to the People of God. As expected, the Pope has appointed Monsignor Eamon Martin as assistant and successor to the Primate of All-Ireland.The Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Derry is to take on the role of Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.It means Monsignor Martin will assist Cardinal Sean Brady until he decides to step down from office, which will happen within the next two years.In 2010 – Cardinal Brady asked Pope Benedict to appoint an assistant to help him carry out his duties. Twitter WhatsApp As Church, we must continue in our efforts to bring healing to victims and ensure that young people are always protected, respected and nurtured.  I bring with me the experience of working on the National Board for Safeguarding Children, alongside Mr Ian Elliott and his team.  We can never take for granted that the safeguarding systems we have in place are robust and failsafe. A short time ago, Mgr Martin issued the following statement….. Facebook As Christians, we are not there to impose, but to invite; we are not there simply to oppose, but to convince others of the truth of Christ’s teaching and to offer them the gift and message of salvation.  We say to everyone in our society, as Blessed Pope John Paul II did: ‘Do not be afraid, the Gospel is not against you, but for you’, or as Pope Benedict XVI put it: ‘if we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great’. Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week We live in a time of great change, challenge and opportunity.  It is a time, as the psalms say, to ‘sing a new song to the Lord’.  There is need for renewal in the church, so that the message of Christ, in all its richness, is presented in ways which engage a new generation.  There is a need for a mature relationship between church and society, in both parts of this island, and people of faith have a vital role to play.  It would hugely impoverish our faith if we were expected to ‘leave it at home’ or ‘keep it for Sundays’, excluding it from our conversations and actions in daily life.  I believe it would equally impoverish society if the fundamental convictions of faith were unable to be heard in public debate; it would diminish our understanding of the human person and dilute the concept of the common good. In these days of recession and financial crisis, many people are struggling to find work, pay the bills and keep food on the table. And there are other kinds of poverty around us – a poverty of meaning in life, a poverty of purpose, a poverty of hope. Today, more than ever, people of faith are called to present to the world ‘a coherent ethic of life’ – one which knits together a conviction about the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the person, with a commitment to solidarity and the family, to the fair distribution of goods and environmentally sustainable development, to justice and peace. I have much to learn from all of you, the people, religious and priests of Armagh and I look forward to listening to you and benefiting from your experience and wisdom.  Indeed, I will concentrate my initial efforts on getting to know you. Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest At the same time it is only natural that I feel sorry that I will soon be leaving my native Diocese of Derry where I have been privileged to serve God’s people for the past twenty-five years.  During this Year of Faith I have been reflecting on my own journey of faith. I am deeply grateful to my mother and my late father who handed the faith on to me, and taught me to pray.  I’m conscious of the teachers who enabled me to learn more about God and the Church and helped my relationship with Jesus to grow stronger. I have been blessed in my family and close personal friends whose love and sacrifices have supported me on my journey as a priest.  They have never stopped encouraging me, including sometimes having to bring me to my senses and keep my feet on the ground! Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter I am saddened that many good Catholics were let down so badly over the issue of abuse and that some have even stopped practising their faith.  It saddens me because I love God and I love the Church that I serve.  I believe that faith in Jesus Christ brings meaning and purpose to our lives and gives hope and healing to anyone who feels broken or in despair. Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Previous articleInspector says burglary arrest should give public reasuranceNext articleSean McEniff’s Traveller comments reported to party leadership News Highland One of the greatest challenges facing our Church is to acknowledge, live with, and learn from the past, including the terrible trauma caused by abuse.  I think today of all those who have been abused by clergy,  and the hurt and betrayal they have experienced.  As the words on the Healing Stone at the International Eucharistic Congress remind us – they have been left with a lifelong suffering. Facebook NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly My brothers and sisters in Christ: I have a whole mixture of feelings as I greet you today.  I was shocked some days ago, when I heard Archbishop Brown say that Pope Benedict XVI had nominated me as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.  I am very conscious of the great trust that the Holy Father has placed in me, but in truth I have to admit it was with considerable nervousness and trepidation that I accepted his call.  So it means a lot to me that you are here today – thank you for this very warm welcome. Archbishop Brown, I appreciate you taking the time to be with us and all your support. And thank you, Cardinal Brady and Bishop Clifford for welcoming me here to Armagh and for your encouragement in recent days. No doubt today, Cardinal Brady, brings back memories of when you were ordained as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh back in February 1995. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to the Archdiocese over many years.   I very much look forward to working with you. Over the past few days, I have reflected a lot on this new calling from God in my life.  I am humbled and honoured to serve as bishop in this historic Archdiocese of Armagh. I feel like the apostles in chapter 5 of Luke’s Gospel, being called by Our Lord to be courageous, to ‘put out into the deep’ (Luke 5:4).  And as I come to this wonderful place, Armagh, the Christian heart of Ireland – I find myself like St Patrick praying for: LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton God’s strength to pilot me, God’s wisdom to guide me,God’s word to speak for me, God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me.last_img read more

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US coronavirus deaths top 30,000; Washington extends stay-at-home order

first_imgjarun011/iStock(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has infected more than two million people worldwide.More than 136,000 people across the globe have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 638,000 diagnosed cases and at least 30,844 deaths.The number of cases in New York state alone — over 214,000 — is higher than in any single country outside the U.S. Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:11:02 p.m.: US death toll crosses 30,000There have now been 30,844 deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19.That figure now includes the new way that New York City is tallying deaths, with 6,840 confirmed deaths — those who tested positive for COVID-19 — and 4,059 probable deaths — people who didn’t have a positive COVID-19 test, but their death certificate lists COVID-19 or an equivalent as the cause of death.The jump in the death count in New York City, and nationally, aren’t all people who have died in the past 24 hours, but are just now being counted.8:15 p.m.: Washington state extends shelter in place to May 4Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington state’s shelter-in-place order has been extended to May 4.Washington, the first state to record a coronavirus case in the U.S., currently has 10,694 confirmed cases and 541 deaths, according to the state’s health department.Inslee warned that more testing will be needed.“Testing is the biggest challenge, and will be the biggest hurdle,” he said at a press conference.Discussing the timetable for a full reopening of his state, the governor told the ABC News “Powerhouse Politics” podcast that it will be “later than we would like.”“It’s not the right time today or even two weeks from now, because the modeling has shown clearly that the curve will start to go up again if we were to full scale remove our social distancing measures right now that are having a beneficial impact,” Inslee said. 6:54 p.m. White House says more than 3 million Americans testedVice President Mike Pence said at a briefing that roughly 3.3 million Americans have been tested for COVID-19.Roughly, 39.4 million N95 masks, 40 million gloves, 57 million surgical masks and 10.2 million gowns have been distributed, Pence added.“There will be 6.5 million masks that go out before the end of this week and an additional 20 million before April 20,” Pence said. “Then we’ll be adding 6.5 million for each and every week.”6:30 p.m. WWE furloughs wrestlers and other employeesWorld Wrestling Entertainment announced it would furlough wresters and other employees to save $4 million in monthly costs.Several of the affected wrestlers took to social media to announce their furloughs, including Levis Valenzuela Jr., aka No Way Jose, Lionel Gerard Green, aka Lio Rush, and Kurt Angle.“I wanted 2 say thank you to the WWE for the time I spent there.I made many new friends and had the opportunity to work with so many talented people,” Angle tweeted.The company was deemed an essential service in Florida by Gov. Ron DeSantis Tuesday and will tape events without crowds from its training facility in Orlando.WWE said that it has half a billion in cash and debt capacity to operate its facilities in the coming months and would provide more details about those plans on Thursday.On Monday, the XFL, owned by WWE’s CEO Vince McMahon, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.The filing listed the football league with assets and liabilities each in the range of $10 million to $50 million, according to ESPN.6:01 p.m. Louisana schools to remain closedLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he signed a proclamation ordering K-12 schools in the state to remain closed until the end of the academic year,“It’s unfortunate that we had to do this, but it’s really important that we promote public health,” Edwards said at a news conference.More guidance will be given to districts and educators to help ensure students get what they need while continuing social distancing efforts, the governor said.“I want to be very clear about something — this is not the end of learning,” he said.5:53 p.m.: More than 900 NYC hospital workers have contracted virusNew York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), which runs 11 public hospitals including Elmhurst and Bellevue, said 924 of its employees have contracted COVID-19.On Tuesday 3,000 staff members — about 8% of its workforce — called out sick, according to administrators.“These are understandably frightening times, and we are all pulling together so that we can save more New Yorkers,” HHC said in a statement.5 p.m.: DC suburb emerges as possible new epicenterMaryland’s governor on Wednesday issued an executive order requiring face coverings in establishments and on public transit.As Maryland’s death toll rises, Prince George’s County, Maryland — a D.C. suburb — may be emerging as a new epicenter.Prince George’s County is home to 900,000 residents, the majority of whom are African American, The Washington Post reported.The county has reported 2,516 cases, 65 deaths and 11 “probable” deaths. Overwhelmed hospitals are sending some of the sick to facilities outside of the county, the Post said.Prince George’s County’s death toll is nearing the number of dead in the nation’s capital. The District of Columbia has reported 72 fatalities and 5 probable fatalities.3:45 p.m.: 47 residents dead at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, MassachusettsThree more veterans have died in the last 24 hours at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts, bringing the facility’s death toll to 47.Of those residents, 38 tested positive for the coronavirus, 8 tested negative and 1 test result is not known, the state’s Office of Health and Human Services said Wednesday.The Soldiers’ Home, a state-run health care facility for veterans, is now the center of two investigations after a growing number of deaths and accusations from the staff that management did not properly protect those inside.The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division are conducting a joint investigation to determine whether the facility “violated the rights of residents by failing to provide them adequate medical care generally, and during the coronavirus pandemic,” according to a statement from the agencies.Gov. Charlie Baker has also called for an independent investigation by attorney Mark W. Pearlstein, which will focus on “the events inside the facility that led to” the deaths, and “on management and organizational oversight of the COVID-19 response.”The center said Wednesday that they’re “in communication with the VA Health Care System and the Holyoke Medical Center to offer potential alternative locations for short-term care for veteran residents,” but “the majority of families declined transfers to VA locations.”“Strong staff-to-resident ratios have been achieved thanks in large part to the presence of the Massachusetts National Guard trained medical and operational staff,” the center added.2:25 p.m.: Louisiana sees lowest increase in cases in weeksHard-hit Louisiana on Wednesday saw its lowest daily increase of cases in weeks. The number of positive people went up just 2%, now at 21,951, according to the state’s Department of Health.Louisiana is among the states where the coronavirus is disproportionately affecting African American communities.As of Tuesday, African Americans made up 59.29% of Louisiana’s COVID-19 deaths, state officials said. African Americans account for 32% of the population of the state, according to census data.1:20 p.m.: Cuomo announces executive order requiring face coveringsIn New York — the state with by far the highest death toll from the coronavirus — the curve is flattening, with intubations and total hospitalizations down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.But about 2,000 people are still being diagnosed each day and the state is still “in the woods,” Cuomo said.In New York, 752 lives were lost on Wednesday: 707 in hospitals and 45 were in nursing homes, the governor said.Cuomo said Wednesday he’s issuing an executive order so everyone in public must have a mask or mouth/nose covering on when in a situation where they aren’t social distancing.“If you’re going to get on public transit … you’re going to walk in a neighborhood that is busy … you’re going to pass other people on the sidewalk, you’re not going to be able to maintain social distancing, you must wear a mask,” he said.“Local governments should start to enforce it,” he said, adding that for now there will be no civil penalty but “If people don’t follow it, we could do a civil penalty.”Cuomo said large-scale testing is key to reopening the state. But the capacity to “test, trace and isolate” “does not now exist,” he said.“We have been very aggressive here. But in all this time we have only done 500,000 tests,” Cuomo said, stressing the need for federal support.“No one is to blame on testing,” he added.Cuomo also addressed the future “phased reopening of the economy — as educated by testing/tracing.”Reopening will be based on how essential the business or product is, and what its risk is of spreading the infection, Cuomo said.12:50 p.m.: DC extends shutdown to May 15Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday that she’s extending the stay-at-home order through May 15th.That also applies to closure of the city’s schools and nonessential businesses, as well as the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.The D.C. shutdown was initially set to expire on April 24.In the nation’s capital, 2,197 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 72 people have died.“We know that we will need until at least May 15 to continue flattening the curve to help protect African Americans who we know are disproportionately suffering from some of the underlying conditions that may be so dangerous,” she said.The new orders will also add additional protocols to protect the city’s most vulnerable residents, including those in correctional facilities, nursing and group homes, and homeless shelters, the mayor said.The order also extends mask requirements to hotel workers and those using taxis and ride-shares.11:35 a.m.: NYC grocery stores should require patrons wear masks: MayorIn hard-hit New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio says grocery stores should require customers to wear face coverings while shopping.“Every store has the right to put up that guidance and make it a requirement for entry into the store,” the mayor said, calling a face-covering requirement in grocery stores no different than “no shirt, no shoes, no service” signs.De Blasio said he would talk about loosening restrictions in New York City when there’s a steady drop in three key COVID-19 indicators for 10 to 14 days: those admitted to hospitals, those in intensive care units, and the percentage of people tested who are positive.The mayor said the number of patients admitted to hospitals and the number of people in ICUs have both slightly increased, while the percentage of people tested who are positive has made a small improvement.De Blasio on Wednesday also announced a $170 million investment to make sure no New Yorker goes hungry.Before the pandemic, 1.2 million New Yorkers were food insecure, including 1 in 5 children, the mayor said. Now, an estimated half-million New Yorkers have lost or will lose their jobs in the immediate future, he said.Since March 16, 4.5 million meals have been served to people in New York City, de Blasio said.Ten million meals will be served in April alone, with the ability to grow, he said.11 a.m.: DC suburb emerges as possible new epicenterAs Maryland’s death toll passes 400, with new “probable” deaths included in the tally, Prince George’s County, Maryland — a D.C. suburb — may be emerging as a new epicenter.Prince George’s County is home to 900,000 residents, the majority of whom are African American, The Washington Post reported.The county has reported 2,516 cases, 65 deaths and 11 “probable” deaths.Hospitals are overwhelmed and sending some of the sick to facilities outside of the county, the Post said.Prince George’s County is nearing the death toll in the nation’s capital. D.C. has reported 72 fatalities and 5 probable fatalities.10:20 a.m.: TSA screens less than 90,000 passengers for 1st time during outbreakDomestic airline travel reached a new low Tuesday when the TSA screened less than 90,000 passengers for the first time during the COVID-19 outbreak.The TSA screened 87,534 travelers at checkpoints nationwide on Tuesday compared to 2,208,688 on the same weekday last year — around a 96% decrease.The TSA says 403 of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Out of those, three have died and 45 employees have recovered.9:37 a.m.: China says Trump will harm global fight against pandemic by pulling WHO fundsChina urged the U.S. not to halt its funding to the World Health Organization on Wednesday, saying it would undermine the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic.During Wednesday’s press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said President Donald Trump’s decision to cut the U.S. contributions to the WHO would impact all countries across the globe, especially the more vulnerable ones.Furthermore, the move “weakens the WHO’s capabilities and harms international cooperation,” he said.“At present, the global pandemic situation is grim and is at a critical moment,” Zhao told reporters. “We urge the U.S. to fulfill its responsibilities and obligations, and support WHO to lead the international combat against the pandemic.”8:58 a.m.: Tour de France delayed till late AugustCycling’s biggest race, the Tour de France, has been postponed until late August due to the coronavirus pandemic. The International Cycling Union announced the decision Wednesday, saying the prestigious race will now run from Aug. 29 to Sept. 20. The Tour de France was originally slated to kick off in Nice on June 27. “Holding this event in the best conditions possible is judged essential given its central place in cycling’s economy and its exposure, in particular for the teams that benefit on this occasion from unparalleled visibility,” the International Cycling Union said in a statement.France is among the worst-affected countries in the pandemic, with more than 131,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and over 15,000 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. French President Emmanuel Macron has extended a lockdown for the country till May 11. Addressing the nation Monday night, Macron said he sees “hopeful signs” since imposing the nationwide lockdown on March 17 in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. He said schools will reopen “progressively,” starting from May 11. However, cafes, restaurants, cinemas, concert halls, museums and hotels will remain closed and large gatherings won’t be allowed until mid-July.8:23 a.m.: US Forces Japan declare public health emergency for all basesThe commander of the United States Forces Japan on Wednesday declared a public health emergency for all bases in Japan as the country sees a surge in novel coronavirus infections. U.S. Forces Japan, a subset of the military’s Indo-Pacific Command, had previously declared an emergency only for the county’s Kanto Plain, which includes Tokyo.The newest declaration, which will remain in effect through May 15, gives commanders the authority to enforce compliance of health protection measures on those who live and work on all U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine installations and facilities located in Japan. The order applies to 50,000 military personnel as well as tens of thousands of their family members and civilian contractors. Last month, an active duty member of the U.S. Forces Japan tested positive for COVID-19.7:15 a.m.: Americans should prepare for ‘another battle’ with virus, CDC director saysDr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned Wednesday that Americans should be prepared for a second wave of novel coronavirus infections in the winter, even as the epidemic appears to have hit its peak in parts of the country. “I think we have to assume this is like other respiratory viruses and there will be a seasonality to it,” Redfield told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America.“Until we see it, we don’t know for certain,” he added. “But i think it’s critical that we plan this virus is likely to follow a seasonality pattern similar to flu, and we’re going to have another battle with it upfront and aggressively next winter.” It’s important the country takes the time now to improve its testing capacity and expand public health capacity so that health workers can detect cases early, conduct contact tracing and isolate potentially infected individuals. “I call it block and tackle,” Redfield said. “The outbreak this year got ahead of that, so we went into full mitigation and we lost the ability to use critical public health tools. We are working hard to augment them now so that, as we get into the next season, we’ll be able to stay in high containment mode while we complement that with some continued mitigation strategies.”Redfield praised members of the public for heeding stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures. “When we did our original models looking at this outbreak, we were looking at, you know, up to 2.2 million people that might have died before the fall,” he said. “And when you see, even though 26,000 is still an enormous loss of human life, it really is a tribute to the mitigation that the American public did.” “It’s really a testament to the sacrifice the American public has taken and the leadership that we’ve had in a number of these states to give that example,” he added. Redfield said the CDC and the White House coronavirus task force are “aggressively working through the best options as to help assist the states as they begin to reopen our country one state at a time.” The process is ongoing and it will be a state-by-state decision, according to Redfield. “I think we will see some states that the governors feel that are ready and we’re poised to assist them with that re-opening,” he added. “And I think you’ll see that the plan in terms of how that will happen will be finalized by the White House task force in the days ahead.” When asked about President Donald Trump’s decision to halt U.S. funding to the World Health Organization and whether he thinks the agency failed in its outbreak response, Redfield was reluctant to criticize the WHO and instead said, “I think I’d like to do the postmortem on this outbreak once we get through it together.” “The CDC and WHO has had a long history of working together in multiple outbreaks throughout the world, as we continue to do in this one, and so we’ve had a very productive public health relationship,” he added. “We continue to have that.”6:15 a.m.: Russia reports its largest single-day increase in new casesRussia on Wednesday reported a record number of new cases of the novel coronavirus.The Russian government registered 3,388 new cases in the past 24 hours — the country’s biggest single-day jump yet.There are now 24,490 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 across Russia, and at least 198 people have died from the disease.Moscow, with a population of more than 12 million people, is by far the hardest-hit city in the country.5:42 a.m.: Bill Gates warns freezing funding for WHO ‘is as dangerous as it sounds’Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates took to Twitter early Wednesday to denounce U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze American funding to the World Health Organization.The United States is, by far, the single largest financial contributor to the WHO, and Gates said the United Nations’ health agency is needed “now more than ever.”“Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds,” Gates tweeted. “Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them.”Halting funding for the World Health Organization during a world health crisis is as dangerous as it sounds. Their work is slowing the spread of COVID-19 and if that work is stopped no other organization can replace them. The world needs @WHO now more than ever.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) April 15, 2020Trump announced Tuesday that he would cut U.S. contributions to the WHO, pending a review into its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.The president claimed the WHO mismanaged the outbreak response and specifically laid blame on the organization’s lack of support for his ban on travel from China when the outbreak began.“They were very much opposed to what we did,” Trump said during Tuesday’s daily briefing.The president said he will have conversations with other health officials around the world about where the funds earmarked for the WHO would go. He did not rule out restoring the money to the organization.Trump’s announcement is likely to set up a battle with Congress, which controls funding for the Geneva-based international body.The WHO started sounding the alarm over the novel coronavirus outbreak in China in mid-January and then designated it a global health emergency on Jan. 30. On March 11, the organization declared the outbreak a pandemic after the virus had spread to every continent except Antarctica.3:30 a.m.: Social distancing measures may be necessary into 2022, researchers sayPeople around the world may need to continue practicing some level of social distancing through 2022 to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic in the absence of an effective treatment or vaccine, or unless hospital capacity is increased, according to a new study.In the study published Tuesday in the journal Science, researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health warned that their projections indicate there would be a large resurgence of infection if social distancing measures are lifted all at once, potentially delaying the epidemic’s peak and exacerbating the load on critical care resources.The researchers used data from the United States to model transmission of other coronaviruses in temperate regions and to project possible scenarios of COVID-19 infection through the year 2025.“Less effective one-time distancing efforts may result in a prolonged single-peak epidemic, with the extent of strain on the healthcare system and the required duration of distancing depending on the effectiveness,” the study’s authors wrote. “Intermittent distancing may be required into 2022 unless critical care capacity is increased substantially or a treatment or vaccine becomes available.”Effective treatments and vaccines may take months to years to develop and test, leaving non-pharmaceutical interventions as the only immediate means of curbing the spread of infection. 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Falling ice capades: Extell sued over icicles at Central Park Tower

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* “While the city thrives on new development, building owners and contractors have an obligation to ensure their construction projects do not present a danger to the public,” the plaintiff’s lawyers, Pardalis & Nohavicka, said in a statement. “Despite previous incidents, warnings and shutdowns, the defendants did not take the necessary steps to ensure public safety.”Central Park Tower is the city’s tallest residential building, and topped out at its full 1,550-foot height in 2019. It’s also projected to be the most expensive condo in the city, with a $4 billion sellout — though it’s faced the same pressures as other real estate projects because of the pandemic and the softening luxury market.The Billionaires’ Row tower was issued two violations from the Department of Building last December over ice falling from the construction site and construction equipment. One reads, “Police on site. Street closed. No injuries.”Central Park Tower has a history of safety issues that have resulted in litigation. In 2018, a sheet of glass weighing 2,300 pounds fell from the building, killing a security worker. Lendlease settled the lawsuit brought by the worker’s family for $1.25 million, although it continues to fight financial penalties.In January of this year, the construction firm sued the DOB and the Office of Administration Trials and Hearings over a $25,000 fine imposed following the accident.Orion Jones TagsBillionaires RowExtell DevelopmentNYC Luxury MarketReal Estate Lawsuits Extell Development’s Gary Barnett and Central Park Tower (Building photo via Central Park Tower)First, a dying luxury market. Then a pandemic. And now, a dispute over falling icicles.Falling icicles?That’s according to a lawsuit filed by a bike rental company against Extell Development and its contractors, including Lendlease, over a 2019 incident at Central Park Tower, the developer’s supertall skyscraper at 217 West 57th Street.The company, Central Park Bike Tours, claims it lost six days of business and revenue due to the falling ice, and is seeking at least $150,000, plus fees, in restitution.“Negligent ice maintenance and removal related to the project at the Central Park Tower caused a shutdown of West 58th Street and several adjoining streets,” the plaintiff says in a lawsuit filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court. “Current and potential customers were either fearful of or not permitted to walk toward [our] store because their lives were in danger.”ADVERTISEMENTExtell did not respond to a request for comment.Read moreExtell brings on Corcoran Sunshine to help market Central Park TowerTorgalkar out as CEO of Extell: sourcesLendlease disputes city’s penalty in 2018 death at Central Park Towercenter_img Message* Email Address* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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