Emperor penguins breeding on iceshelves

first_imgWe describe a new breeding behaviour discovered in emperor penguins; utilizing satellite and aerial-survey observations four emperor penguin breeding colonies have been recorded as existing on ice-shelves. Emperors have previously been considered as a sea-ice obligate species, with 44 of the 46 colonies located on sea-ice (the other two small colonies are on land). Of the colonies found on ice-shelves, two are newly discovered, and these have been recorded on shelves every season that they have been observed, the other two have been recorded both on ice-shelves and sea-ice in different breeding seasons. We conduct two analyses; the first using synthetic aperture radar data to assess why the largest of the four colonies, for which we have most data, locates sometimes on the shelf and sometimes on the sea-ice, and find that in years where the sea-ice forms late, the colony relocates onto the ice-shelf. The second analysis uses a number of environmental variables to test the habitat marginality of all emperor penguin breeding sites. We find that three of the four colonies reported in this study are in the most northerly, warmest conditions where sea-ice is often sub-optimal. The emperor penguin’s reliance on sea-ice as a breeding platform coupled with recent concerns over changed sea-ice patterns consequent on regional warming, has led to their designation as “near threatened” in the IUCN red list. Current climate models predict that future loss of sea-ice around the Antarctic coastline will negatively impact emperor numbers; recent estimates suggest a halving of the population by 2052. The discovery of this new breeding behaviour at marginal sites could mitigate some of the consequences of sea-ice loss; potential benefits and whether these are permanent or temporary need to be considered and understood before further attempts are made to predict the population trajectory of this iconic species.last_img read more

Tate throws for 349 yards, 5 TDs as Arizona routs S. Utah

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — Khalil Tate passed for a career-best 349 yards and five touchdowns, then sat out most of the fourth quarter and Arizona gave Kevin Sumlin his first victory as Wildcats coach with a 62-31 rout of Southern Utah on Saturday night.Tate needed just 13 completions, in 20 attempts, to amass his big numbers. His five touchdowns, which matched a career best, covered 17, 11, 2, 65 and 75 yards.Arizona (1-2) scored 31 consecutive points after Southern Utah (0-3), an FCS school coming off a 45-28 loss at Oregon State, tied it at 17-17 late in the second quarter.J.J. Taylor returned a kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown for the Wildcats, his first kickoff return for a score in his college career.Arizona, coming off a home loss to BYU and a dispiriting 45-18 rout at Houston, had 626 total yards to Southern Utah’s 463 despite running 60 plays to the Thunderbirds’ 98.Tate tweaked an ankle early in the Houston game and hasn’t shown his dynamic running ability since. He didn’t need to against Southern Utah. His passing was plenty.In the third quarter alone, Tate was 6-of-8 for 215 yards and three touchdowns. That included a 65-yard TD pass to Shun Brown and a pretty over-the-shoulder pass to Shawn Poindexter for a 75-yard score.After Southern Utah rallied to tie it at 17-17 with 2:39 left in the first half, Tate quickly got the Wildcats back in the lead for good.His 30-yard pass to Tony Ellison was the highlight of the eight-play, 67-yard drive. From the Thunderbirds’ 11, Tate bought time running to his right and threw in the end zone to Brown for the TD.The Wildcats took the second-half kickoff and put together another quick scoring drive. With the help of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, Arizona went 67 yards in five plays in just 1:55. Tate threw two yards to Cedric Peterson for the score and it was 31-17.Arizona scored the first time it had the ball, Tate throwing 17 yards to Ellison for the score.Manny Berz kicked a 32-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter to cut Arizona’s lead to 7-3 but Taylor took the subsequent kickoff, dashed to an opening on his left and raced down the sideline 84 yards for the TD and it was 14-3.Southern Utah went 75 yards in 13 plays, Chris Helbig keeping on a two-yard scoring run to tie it at 17-17 with 2:39 left in the half.In the first half, the Thunderbirds ran 51 plays to Arizona’s 25 but trailed by seven.THE TAKEAWAYSouthern Utah: After an 0-3 start, the Thunderbirds will be glad to be back in Big Sky Conference play, where their offense should be entertaining and keep them in games as they defend their Big Sky title.Arizona: Even though the opponent was from the FCS ranks, Arizona at least got a first win for coach Kevin Sumlin. Tate showed off his passing talent but didn’t run much at all. It wasn’t needed in this one but it will be in Pac-12 play down the line.UP NEXTSouthern Utah begins Big Sky Conference play at Northern Arizona next Saturday night.Arizona opens Pac-12 play at Oregon State. Written by Tags: Football/SUU Thunderbirds September 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local Tate throws for 349 yards, 5 TDs as Arizona routs S. Utah Associated Presslast_img read more

Press release: James Brokenshire appoints new Homes England board member

first_img Housing is one of the biggest challenges we face in this country and I am looking forward to serving and contributing to the work of the Board in this innovative government agency. Social media – MHCLG Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Media enquiries 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Office address and general enquiries Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has appointed Duncan Sutherland to the board of Homes England, as the agency continues its key role in making the housing market work for everyone.Since its launch in January, Homes England has adopted a stronger, more commercial approach to developing land in areas of high demand as the government’s housing accelerator.Homes England’s 5-year strategic plan was also announced last month, outlining how expertise and significant government investment will drive forward key programmes such as Help to Buy.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Homes England Chairman Sir Edward Lister said:center_img About the new board memberDuncan Sutherland is a housing practitioner with over 35 years’ experience in property, housing, investment, regeneration and development with emphasis on public and private partnerships, involving government, local government, local communities and private investors.Duncan is the Group Regeneration Director for Sigma Capital PLC and Chairman of Sigma Inpartnership Ltd and was also an HS2 board member between 2012 and 2018 with a focus on the benefits of regeneration and development. Duncan Sutherland said: If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. I’m delighted to welcome Duncan to our Board. He is arriving at an exciting time with a remit to help and advise the agency on the long-term housing challenges facing this country today. Email [email protected] This is an important time for Homes England as it plays a key role in delivering the homes our communities need. Having Duncan Sutherland on board will be a great addition to Homes England, bringing his experience in development and I wish him the very best of luck in his new role. His wealth of experience and housing expertise will enhance and influence the work of Homes England and help us meet the government’s ambition to accelerate housebuilding and deliver the 300,000 homes needed each year by the mid-2020s. Contact form https://forms.communit…last_img read more

News story: More support to help employers offer T Level industry placements

first_img There has long been a need for an increase in prestigious technical options after GCSEs that parents, teachers, and businesses understand. This package of measures to help employers deliver placements is welcome, because if T Levels are going to be a success they will require long-term commitment from Government. Support will be most needed for small and medium-sized businesses, so special attention should be paid to these firms. The completion of a high-quality industry placement will be at the heart of every T Level and is part of what will set these new courses apart from every attempt to reform technical and vocational education in the past 70 years. To make a success of T Levels, we need businesses working in partnership with us and colleges. Industry placements will help young people build the confidence and skills they need to get a head start in their careers and they’ll help businesses maximise their talent pipeline for the future. This new package of support is designed to help ensure we can deliver high-quality placements for every T Level student from 2020. The industry placement is a critical part of the T Level qualification giving young people the chance to gain vital hands on workplace experience in their chosen profession Education Secretary Damian Hinds has said today, as he unveils a new package of support for employers.More than 200 businesses including leading firms like Fujitsu and GlaxoSmithKline, are already backing these landmark reforms – working with the Government to help design the new T Level course content so they provide young people with the skills industry value.A unique part of a T Level will be the completion of a high-quality industry placement – of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days – where students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment.The package of support announced today follows extensive consultation with employers and further education providers and directly reflects their feedback to help make sure more employers can offer these vital placements in readiness for the T Level rollout in September 2020.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: New guidance to support employers and providers to offer tailored placements that suit their workplace and the needs of young people – such as offering placements opportunities with up to 2 employers and to accommodate students with part time jobs or caring responsibilities Jane Gratton, Head of People Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), said: T Levels represent the biggest shake up to technical education in a generation. To support the development and delivery of industry placements, the Government has already provided nearly £60 million in funding and worked with around 400 further education providers and over 2,000 employers including Marriott and Warren Services to identify the best ways of delivering them. Around 1,550 students took part in placement opportunities last year with thousands more placements underway this academic year (18/19).Industry placements will provide businesses with an opportunity to attract a diverse range of talent and build the skilled workforce they need for the future.Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said: The package includes: Business has long called for a high-quality vocational alternative to the A Levels to ensure young people are work-ready and have greater technical skills and knowledge when they join the workforce. T level industry placements are crucial to developing these enhanced skills, and the greater support and flexibility will enable firms of all sizes to open their doors to young people, introduce them to the exciting careers on offer in the local area, and identify a great pipeline of future talent. The first three T Levels for Digital, Education and Construction will be first taught from September 2020. A further seven will to be taught from 2021, including three in Health and Science, with a further 15 coming onboard from 2022 onwards in sectors such as legal, financial and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative & design.To support the further education sector to deliver the new T Level courses, the Government will provide an additional half a billion pounds every year once they are all fully rolled out. The Government is also investing £20 million to help prepare the sector for the introduction of T Levels. This includes the £5 million Taking Teaching Further programme, which aims to attract more industry experts to work in the sector, and the £8 million T Level Professional Development offer to help teachers and staff prepare for the roll-out of the new qualifications.Find out more about industry placements here. Ahead of the roll-out of the first three T Levels in September 2020 – a new £7 million pilot scheme to explore ways to help cover the costs associated with hosting a young person in their workplace such as equipment and protective clothing. Bespoke ‘how to’ guides, workshops and practical hands-on support for employers – designed alongside industry bodies to make it as easy as possible for them to offer placements. AoC is delighted that the Department has responded to college voices advising how best to support successful Industry Placements as an integral part of T Levels. The new flexibilities directly address our concerns about students with caring responsibilities and part time work. The new approach will allow more young people to study for a T Level and benefit from a placement. David Hughes from the Association of Colleges (AoC) said:last_img read more

Phish Announces 1998 Grand Rapids Show As New Archival LivePhish Release

first_imgPhish has unveiled their latest archival live release via LivePhish. For this new official release, the band takes fans back to November 11th, 1998 at Grand Rapids, MI’s Van Andel Arena. The show marks Phish’s 12th archival release from 1998 available through LivePhish.Following a beloved three-night run at Chicago, IL’s UIC Pavilion, Phish moved east for a Wednesday night one-off in The Wolverine State. The band’s first set in Grand Rapids featured standout renditions of “Punch You In The Eye”, “Gumbo”, and “Theme From The Bottom”, as well as a rare cover of “If You Need A Fool”, played only three times live by the quartet. To open up set two, the band set sail into deep, exploratory territory with a monstrous take on “Halley’s Comet”. Phish took no time to slow down, as the extended “Halley’s” jam smoothly segued into “Simple”, followed by a cover of James Gang‘s “Walk Away” and “Limb By Limb”. A noteworthy and oddly placed “Ghost” brought the heater of a second set to a close. Phish would return to offer a three-song encore of “Contact” > “Rocky Top” > “Funky Bitch”.Mixed from the multi-tracks, Phish’s performance from November 11th, 1998 will be available tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23rd for streaming via LivePhish+ and for download. Ahead of Tuesday’s release, fans can tune into SiriuxXM Jam On (channel 29) tonight (Monday, April 22nd) at 9 p.m. (EST) to preview the archival recording.Sign up for LivePhish+ to get access to Phish’s Grand Rapids release and all past archival releases.Setlist: Phish | Van Andel Arena | Grand Rapids, MI | 11/11/1998Set One: Punch You in the Eye, Gumbo, If You Need a Fool, Sleep, Tela, Birds of a Feather, Theme From the Bottom, JuliusSet Two: Halley’s Comet > Simple > Walk Away > Limb By Limb, When the Circus Comes, GhostEncore: Contact > Rocky Top > Funky Bitchlast_img read more

BeND program aims to improve relations

first_img “Now that transportation is becoming easier, people have more options off-campus,” Soler said. “South Bend is becoming more of a college town than it ever was before.” BeND primarily asks students to be conscious of how they are presenting themselves and the University, to act respectfully toward the community, and to make more of an effort to become part of that community themselves. “The program asks students to be mindful and respectful … and be willing to be engaged in South Bend,” Soler said. “It will give them more of an opportunity to experience the positives of South Bend… Students can take the characteristics of Notre Dame students that everyone admires and bring them into the community.” “We hope the community opens up to us, at least gives us a chance to show who we really are,” he said. Some of the measures already enacted under BeND include the distribution of “good neighbor guides” to off-campus students through the Senior Class Council, promotion of the Transpo program, a voluntary listserv for RAs to pass along information to on-campus students and cooperative efforts with the Office of Drug and Alcohol Education to help distribute more educational materials and tips to students.  While the program began before the recent arrests off-campus occurred, Soler said she hopes the educational aspect of BeND will help ease tensions between students and police by fully informing students of their rights and how to deal with law enforcement appropriately and respectfully while off campus. She said the general improvement in community relations will carry over to dealings with the police. “There is no official connection but there are many shared goals,” Bell said.  While there are no community or Notre Dame administration leaders directly involved in the efforts, student government plans to present BeND to the Community/Campus Advisory Coalition as well as the other various community meetings it takes part in. “We all hear about how the Notre Dame experience stays with you long after graduation, but part of that is we represent Notre Dame on campus and off campus, even when we’re home over the summer,” Bell said. “The same way it stays with us long after we leave then, it stays with us long after we leave campus.” As part of an ongoing effort to improve relations with the community outside the Notre Dame campus, student government administration has launched the “BeND campaign.”  As for the community’s role in the process, Nick Ruof, chief of staff, just hopes community members are receptive to the efforts and initiatives undertaken by students. “It didn’t start with recent incidences and it won’t end with recent incidences,” student body vice president Andrew Bell said. “The aim of it is for us, as students, to take ownership for how we act rather than be reactive to situations that occur.” “While this is not a reaction to any one incident, we feel this is building a foundation for long term positive relations in the community, which hopefully will help diffuse some of what is happening and prevent more of that in the future,” Soler said. Soler said community relations are more important than ever as the city grows to include more off-campus attractions for students, increasing interactions between students, residents and business owners. “BeND is our cohesive effort to improve relations, promote off-campus initiatives and encourage students to be an active and respectful member of the surrounding community,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “This is not a marketing plan. It’s not simply an awareness campaign. It’s really multifaceted,” Soler said. “We want BeND to be branded on everything we do. This is really going to be the platform for all of our efforts to be good neighbors, to reach out to the community and to really just enhance the experience of a Notre Dame student both on and off campus.”last_img read more

Nathaniel Stampley & Carrie Compere Begin Performances in The Color Purple

first_imgNathaniel Stampley & Carrie Compere(Photo: Twitter.com/StampleyN & Y.E.C. Creations) Must be somethin’ to fuss about! Nathaniel Stampley and Carrie Compere start performances in The Color Purple as Mister and Sofia, respectively, beginning on November 15. Both Isaiah Johnson and Danielle Brooks departed the Tony-winning revival on November 13.Both Stampley and Compere have roots in Purple. Stampley appeared in the ensemble of the 2005 production and understudied the role of Harpo. He has also performed on Broadway in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and The Lion King. Compere has been performing as one of the original Church Ladies in the John Doyle-helmed revival. She has also performed on Broadway in Holler If Ya Hear Me and off-Broadway in Sistas the Musical.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the tuner tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.In addition to Stampley and Compere, the current cast includes Tony winner Cynthia Erivo as Celie, Jennifer Holliday as Shug Avery, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo, Jennie Harney as Nettie and Patrice Covington as Squeak. The production is scheduled to close on January 8, 2017. View Comments The Color Purplecenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Showslast_img read more

Boost your credit union’s marketing message

first_img continue reading » Be concise. That’s it. Blog done.No, really: Could you persuade someone to join your credit union in 50 words or less? The average human attention span is just seconds. That’s how long you have to grab their attention.How about 35 words or less?When Steven Spielberg initially pitched his ideas for Jaws, producers weren’t digging the idea.  Then they asked, “What’s the movie really about?” A police chief, with a phobia for open water, battles a gigantic shark with an appetite for swimmers and boat captains, in spite of a greedy town council who demands that the beach stay open. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Vatican’s Explosive McCarrick Report: 5 Takeaways

first_imgVatican leaders shared the assessment with Pope John Paul II. But the pope dismissed the allegations after Mr. McCarrick wrote him a letter directly denying them, and he elevated Mr. McCarrick anyway to the Archdiocese of Washington, one of the most prominent positions in the country. “McCarrick’s direct relationship with John Paul II also likely had an impact on the Pope’s decision making,” the report said.The Vatican blames three American bishops for providing misleading information.Pope John Paul II initially requested an investigation into the allegations, but the Vatican now suggests that it was deceived by three bishops in New Jersey, who provided “inaccurate and incomplete information” to the Holy See, the report said.“This inaccurate information appears likely to have impacted the conclusions of John Paul II’s advisors and, consequently, of John Paul II himself,” the report said, shifting some of the blame.- Advertisement – Pope Benedict XVI ousted McCarrick as archbishop of Washington, but declined to investigate him. On Tuesday the Vatican released a massive report investigating how Theodore E. McCarrick, a disgraced former cardinal and archbishop of Washington, rose to the heights of the Catholic Church, despite leaders receiving reports that he had sexually abused minors and adult seminarians over the course of decades.Here are five takeaways from the report:Pope John Paul II knew of allegations of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct.- Advertisement – Pope John Paul II personally made the decision to elevate Mr. McCarrick even after a U.S. cardinal warned that he had been accused of sexual misconduct.In 1999, when Mr. McCarrick was being considered to take over the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal John O’Connor of New York wrote a six-page letter to the Vatican’s ambassador to the U.S. He raised concerns that Mr. McCarrick had asked young adult men to sleep in his bed with him and that some priests had experienced psychological trauma from Mr. McCarrick’s inappropriate behavior.“I regret that I would have to recommend very strongly against such promotion, particularly if to a Cardinatial See,” Cardinal O’Connor said. “Nevertheless, I subject my comments to higher authority and most particularly our Holy Father.” It is extremely unusual for the Vatican to investigate its highest leaders like this.Pope Francis first promised a “thorough study” of the Vatican’s handling of the McCarrick case in 2018. The long-awaited result is a highly unusual public investigation of abuses and cover-ups spanning decades and reaching to the highest levels of the Vatican’s own ranks.The report will have wide implications for a global church that has been roiled for decades over its mishandling of sexual abuse by clergy.John Paul II is not just a pope — he is also a saint. At his fast-tracked canonization mass in 2014, Pope Francis praised him as “the pope of the family.”The church now has to reckon with the fact that one of its most beloved pontiffs is implicated is one of its most notorious scandals.Sharon Otterman contributed reporting. – Advertisement – Soon after Benedict XVI became pope in 2005, he quickly extended Mr. McCarrick’s tenure as archbishop of Washington.But he reversed course by the end of the year, based on “new details” about allegations against Mr. McCarrick, and “urgently sought” to replace Mr. McCarrick in the role. By Easter 2006, Mr. McCarrick was out.Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, an official in the Holy See’s Secretariat of State, wrote two letters in 2006 and 2008 urging a church investigation of rumors about Mr. McCarrick. Instead of formally investigating the claims, however, Benedict XVI authorized a Vatican official to “appeal to McCarrick’s conscience” and ask him to “maintain a lower profile and minimize travel.” But this request was not a formal command, and Mr. McCarrick continued to freely travel the globe on behalf of Catholic causes and institutions.Archbishop Viganò became the Vatican ambassador to the United States in 2011, and was asked to conduct an inquiry to determine whether the allegations against Mr. McCarrick were credible. The report says that “Viganò did not take these steps.”Pope Francis did nothing until 2017 because he believed the allegations had already been reviewed by Pope John Paul II.Pope Francis was aware there were rumors of wrongdoing, but until 2017, the report said, no one provided him with any documentation of the allegations. Pope Francis believed everything had already been reviewed by Pope John Paul II. He also knew that under his predecessor, Benedict, Mr. McCarrick had remained active, and so he saw no need to alter the church’s approach.In June 2017, the Archdiocese of New York learned of an allegation of sexual abuse by Mr. McCarrick of a minor decades earlier. Soon after, Pope Francis requested Mr. McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals. The allegations were dismissed as “rumor,” the report said, and “McCarrick’s denial was believed.” The bishops were also asked to keep that inquiry a secret.The report also describes a disturbing account from a New Jersey priest, Msgr. Dominic Bottino, who said he had witnessed two of the New Jersey bishops watch Mr. McCarrick touch a man’s crotch in 1990, and neither informed the pope of that incident. – Advertisement –last_img read more

A presentation of Slavonia was held in Munich

first_imgThe CNTB Representation in Germany and the County Tourist Board from the area of ​​Slavonia organized a presentation for the media and tour operators, which took place in the renovated International Press Club in the very center of Munich. The aim of the presentation of Slavonia was to promote the tourist offer and further encourage tour operators to include this tourist region in their programs, which is also one of the strategic marketing goals of overall Croatian tourism.The presentation included a wealth of cultural heritage, so the participants were introduced to the Đakovo Cathedral, Lipizzaner Stables, fortresses in Osijek and Slavonski Brod, castles in Vukovar, Kutjevo and Našice and the Museum of Vučedol Culture. Kopački rit with a rich bird habitat was also mentioned, and UNESCO World Heritage – Bećarac and Geopark Papuk were also discussed, and the possibility of sailing on tourist boats on the Danube was presented.The participants were also reminded of the possibility of arriving by plane from Germany directly to Osijek Airport, and currently you can fly to Osijek with Eurowings from Stuttgart. The participants of the event, about 30 of them in total, had the opportunity to taste various Slavonian gastronomic delicacies from various family farms and top Slavonian wines and to talk directly and create personal contact with representatives of Slavonia who were in Munich. At the end of the workshop, the enogastronomic offer was presented by the Šokci in the original men’s folk costume, thus conveying part of the atmosphere of numerous traditional events in Slavonia.Related news:last_img read more

Leaders must speak out against intolerance

first_imgFor example, Donald Trump claimed he couldn’t be anti-Semitic because his son-in-law is Jewish and his daughter converted to Judaism. However, when he didn’t unequivocally condemn the neo-Nazi activities in Charlottesville, Va., he was giving the group his tacit approval.It’s not sufficient to claim that you are a “good person” when you remain silent in the face of injustice.If you don’t speak out against white-supremacists and Neo-Nazis, then you may be giving them comfort. If you don’t clearly separate yourself from a group that supports, or gives a platform to, hate groups, then you are providing assistance to these groups.During these trying times, I want my political leaders to be strong and courageous and to speak out loud and clear in opposition to intolerance.Roberta SteinerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion During these times, when hate and intolerance are promulgated at the highest levels of government, it’s not enough to say that one’s family is multi-ethnic and multi-religious, and, therefore, you couldn’t be prejudiced against racial and religious minorities.If you don’t speak out against hate and intolerance, it could be interpreted that you endorse hate and intolerance.last_img read more

‘It’s too late’: Lawmakers criticize timing of Jokowi’s ‘mudik’ ban

first_imgMudik homecomings have already caused issues. Recently, a 72-year-old stroke patient from Ciamis tested positive for COVID-19 after spending time with his child, who had returned to his hometown from virus-stricken Jakarta. The case was made public when West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil announced it on Facebook earlier this month. Annually, some 20 million people from Greater Jakarta, currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia, travel to their hometowns across the nation to celebrate Idul Fitri.The tradition, public health experts say, could lead to the further spread of COVID-19 on the island of Java, home to 141 million people. Many regions have healthcare systems far worse than Jakarta’s.Both Mardani and Irwan said the ban must be followed by strict monitoring of mass transportation companies and roads.”Without forming a team tasked with monitoring the movement, the ban will be ineffective. Just like the PSBB [large-scale social restrictions] policy,” Mardani said.Yandri Susanto of the National Mandate Party (PAN) said the government had to come up with measures to enforce the ban quickly, suggesting that transportation companies should be prevented from selling tickets during Ramadan and Idul Fitri.”Do not just ban people from participating in mudik. The government must be firm by making all transportation options unavailable for people to do it,” said Yandri.Melki Laka Lena, the deputy chairman of House Commission IX overseeing health, said the government needed to ensure that people in economic hardship as a result of the pandemic received social assistance.“Many are still in need of social assistance. The government should ensure it and distribute it equally to all,” the Golkar Party politician said.A recent survey by the Transportation Ministry showed that 68 percent of people had decided not to participate in mudik, while 24 percent planned to leave regardless and 7 percent had already left for their hometowns, Jokowi said on Tuesday.Topics : Previously, Jokowi had merely advised the public to skip the annual tradition, which involves millions of people traveling to their hometowns – often from urban centers to the countryside. The advice was considered insufficient by health experts, who called for an outright ban on this year’s mudik because of the health crisis.“It’s too late. Many of them have left the city. And their chances of becoming virus spreaders are huge,” Mardani Ali Sera of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) said on Tuesday.Irwan of the Democratic Party shared the opinion, saying he had been suggesting the ban since last month.”Many have tested positive on other islands after visiting Jakarta. [This year’s] mudik should have been prohibited a long time ago. The President was too slow by only banning it now as the virus is already widespread,” he said. Members of the House of Representatives have expressed dissatisfaction about President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s newly announced ban on the Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) to curb the spread of COVID-19.They said the President had taken too long to make his decision.last_img read more

Madison man charged with Child Molesting

first_imgMadison, IN—Friday, a Madison, Indiana man, who is already serving a prison sentence for Battery with Bodily Injury to a Minor was arrested by Indiana State Police Detectives on a charge of Child Molesting.In February of this year, Indiana State Police Detective Nathaniel Adams arrested Christian Chase, 25, Madison, Indiana on charges of Battery with Bodily Injury to a Minor and Neglect of a Dependent. The charges stemmed from a nine-month investigation into allegations that Chase battered a child that was under his care in March and April 2018.  As a result of the original investigation, Chase was sentenced to four years incarceration in the Indiana Department of Corrections.Since the original investigation, detectives obtained information that Chase had allegedly molested a child in his care during the same time frame that the original battery offense occurred.  Through an interview with a forensic interviewer with the Child Advocacy Center, the victim indicated that Chase molested him while he was in the care of Chase in 2018.At the conclusion of the investigation, the case, with the new allegations, was presented to the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office.  As a result, a warrant out of the Jefferson County Circuit Court was issued for the arrest of Christian Chase, now age 26, on a count of Child Molesting, Level One Felony. Detectives with the Indiana State Police-Versailles District served the arrest warrant today on Chase, who is currently incarcerated at the Plainfield Correctional Facility, Plainfield, Indiana.  He will remain in the Plainfield Correctional Facility pending his initial appearance in the Jefferson County Circuit Court on the new charge.last_img read more

Eaglets tackle Brazilian club in friendly

first_imgRelatedPosts Brazilian state records more COVID-19 deaths than China Eaglets lose to Sao Paulo in friendly Cafu’s son dies playing football Another Brazil, Nigeria clash comes quickly as five-time world champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, tackle Sao Paulo FC in a friendly game on Monday as part of their preparations for this year’s FIFA U17 World Cup finals starting in Brazil on October 26.Having settled down in the city of Sao Paulo and gradually adapting to the high altitude weather, the Nigerian side will file out against Sao Paulo FC’s U17 team at the Saropoca Sports Complex at 3pm local time, which is 7pm Nigerian time.Speaking from Sao Paulo after breakfast on Sunday, Head Coach Manu Garba disclosed that the friendly game will be a good test for the players, to see how they are quickly settling down to the task ahead when the global championship kicks off in a fortnight.“The team will play Sao Paulo FC and we want to see how they are adapting to some of the things learnt in the training sessions since we came to Sao Paulo,” Garba said.“The friendly game against Sao Paulo FC is one of the friendly games we have lined up for the team. The team will play Japan next in another friendly game before the end of the week,” he added.Nigeria will begin her quest for honours at the 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup with a game against Hungary on October 26.Tags: Sao Paulolast_img read more

Jagielka: Moyes leaves great legacy

first_img Press Association And the Toffees captain-elect, taking over the armband on a full-time basis next season with Phil Neville also leaving, thinks the new man’s first phone call should be to Old Trafford to thank the newly-installed Manchester United boss. Moyes got the perfect send-off on his final Goodison Park appearance in charge of Everton with a 2-0 victory over West Ham. It was a performance the manager felt was worthy of a top-four team and while Everton are currently six points and several players short of that sort of recognition, Jagielka insists they can approach the future with optimism. “The guy has been here 11 years and has transformed the playing staff, the coaching staff, the facilities from top to bottom,” he said. Everton defender Phil Jagielka believes departing manager David Moyes will leave behind a great platform for his successor to build on.center_img “In the changing room we are obviously all gutted he will be leaving us next season but we understand the way football is. Frustrations must have been high. Teams around us that are potentially not doing as well but getting more finances made it a tough couple of years. “To the same extent he has probably had the best squad he’s had for a long time but he is still leaving that behind and we are still looking forward to next season.” The England international said it was impossible to assess just how big a void Moyes’ departure would leave. “That’s a question I can’t answer. Ask me in six months or a year’s time and we’ll find out,” the centre-back added. “At the moment he has done a lot for the cub but he is leaving it in a great state. For the manager who comes in his first phone call should probably be to David Moyes to thank him for the squad he put together. “It is going to be an interesting summer to see who does come in but we are proud to have had David Moyes as our manager. “There are only two players who he hasn’t brought in and even those two – Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman – have gone on to have great careers. He has done a lot for everyone, not just the players here but others who have gone on to do other things and win trophies – the manager has a big role to play in a lot of people’s careers.” last_img read more

Draw enough to secure Division 3 status for Tipp footballers

first_imgThe Premier County secured their place in the last four by beating Roscommon 2-16 to 2-8. They ensured they wouldn’t be going down by drawing 3-9 to 0-18 against Sligo at Markievicz Park.Tipp finished 6th in the table on seven points.Meanwhile Tipperary intermediate ladies team are through to the Division 3 semi-final of the Lidl National League.last_img