School shootings must stop

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOn Feb. 14, there was another school shooting in 2018, and I’m sick of us choosing inaction as a solution. I sent my two kids to the bus today with “I love you” and hope after we spent yesterday — again — talking about their contemporaries dying in a school.But hope is not a plan. I can’t spend today with my children thinking that I chose to do nothing to better their safety.My children are now statistically more likely to die at the hands of a shooter than they are likely to be abducted and killed by a serial predator. We’re selling our kids’ lives for gun manufacturers’ profit margin, and it’s time it stops.I know the pressure gun control brings elected officials. But I’m asking Sens. Gillibrand and Schumer: Can we remove legislative barriers to civil action against gun manufacturers? Can we make it illegal for gun manufacturers to lobby? Are there any other solutions that hit the the gun lobby finances?Please help. Some day it will be my kids, or yours. We owe them a solution for their safety. It’s #TimeToTalk.Paul SonnleitnerHopewell JunctionMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Jan De Nul Orders Another Giant TSHD

first_imgImage source: Jan De NulJan De Nul Group has signed a contract with Keppel Singmarine for the construction of a 6.000m³ trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD), bringing the current newbuilding order at the shipyard to four hoppers. An option for a fifth hopper dredger has been provided in the contract, Jan De Nul said.The vessel is in diesel-electric execution, allowing optimal use of the generated power and lowering fuel oil consumption and emissions. In addition, an exhaust gas treatment system is installed, and pollutant emissions will comply with the future EU Stage V regulations for inland waterway vessels.The system is similar to the one installed on the three 3.500m³ TSHDs ordered in July of last year and currently being constructed by Keppel Singmarine.“We are glad to be leading the way in meeting the most stringent global emission limits with the world’s first EU Stage V dredgers, which will be highly fuel-efficient, versatile and productive,” said Robby De Backer, New Building Director at Jan De Nul Group. “Their use will enable execution of dredging projects with the lowest level of pollutant emissions, even better than that of LNG powered vessels using dual-fuel engines.”Main characteristicsHopper capacity – 6.000m³;Deadweight – 9.880 ton;Length o.a. – 111.7m;Breadth – 24.6m;Maximum dredging depth – 35.0m;Diameter suction pipe – 1.000mm;Speed -12.5kn;Pump power (trailing) – 1.500kW;Pump power (discharging) – 4.000kW;Total installed diesel power – 7.700kW.last_img read more

One World: Together At Home’ Global Special to Air on Digicel Home & Entertainment and Digicel streaming apps on Saturday

first_img 35 Views   no discussions Share Share EntertainmentLifestyleNews One World: Together At Home’ Global Special to Air on Digicel Home & Entertainment and Digicel streaming apps on Saturday by: – April 15, 2020 Today, Digicel announced that One World: Together At Home – a globally televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic – will air on SportsMax + and Catch  on Digicel Home & Entertainment and on the PlayGo, SportsMax and Loop apps on Saturday 18th April from 3pm EST. It will also be available on D’Music the following day.Launched by international advocacy organisation Global Citizen, and the World Health Organization, One World: Together At Home will show unity among all people who are affected by COVID-19 and will also celebrate and support brave healthcare workers doing life-saving work on the frontlines.Curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga, One World: Together At Home will include performances and appearances by Alicia Keys, Amy Poehler, Andrea Bocelli, Awkafina, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Camila Cabello, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, David & Victoria Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lang Lang, LL Cool J, Lupita Nyong’o, Maluma, Matthew  McConaughey, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Pharrell Williams, Priyanka Chopra Jones, Sam Smith, Shah Rukh Khan, Shawn Mendes, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, and Usher.Commenting on the partnership, Digicel Group Chairman, Denis O’Brien, said; “At Digicel, our mission is to help create a world where no one gets left behind. That is manifested in our work to connect people across our markets using world-class technology and to connect communities via our philanthropic outreach activities.”He continues; “On Saturday 18th April, we will experience a powerful moment of unity as we come together to honour and pay tribute to our frontline healthcare workers who put duty ahead of self each and every day. As we celebrate their heroic efforts, One World: Together At Home will also uplift, inform and entertain the at-home audience, who, by staying home, are also playing their vital part in the fight against the pandemic. The Digicel family is humbled by the incredible strength of the human spirit on display and honoured to be part of celebrating it and sharing it with the people of the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific regions.”One World: Together At Home is not a telethon – it is a historic, first-of-its kind global broadcast event to celebrate the heroic efforts of community health workers, and to support the World Health Organization in the global fight to end COVID-19. The broadcast will feature stories from frontline healthcare workers on the COVID response, commitments from philanthropists, governments and corporations to support and equip frontline healthcare workers around the world, with masks, gowns and other vital equipment, and to local charities that provide food, shelter, and healthcare to those that need it most.For more information about Global Citizen and its campaign to support the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, powered by the UN Foundation, please visit and follow @GlblCtzn on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #GlobalCitizen.To learn more about WHO’s response to the pandemic and the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, please go to and follow @WHO on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.For information about how to tune in and take action, visit GLOBAL CITIZEN:Global Citizen is the world’s largest movement of action takers and impact makers dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030. With over 10 million monthly advocates, our voices have the power to drive lasting change around sustainability, equality, and humanity. We post, tweet, message, vote, sign, and call to inspire those who can make things happen to act — government leaders, businesses, philanthropists, artists, and citizens — together improving lives. By downloading our app, Global Citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards, which can be redeemed for tickets to concerts, events, and experiences all over the world. To date, the actions of our community, along with high-level advocacy efforts and work with partners, has resulted in commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $48 billion, affecting the lives of more than 2.25 billion people by 2030. For more information, visit DIGICEL:Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets, including Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes. For more information, visit www.digicelgroup.comcenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Lady Cardinals Fall Short Against Lady Pirates

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Volleyball team had a tough loss against the Greensburg Lady Pirates 19-25, 25-21, 15-0. Even though this was our best passing game in the 1st 2 sets, the Cardinals struggled in the 3rd set. Kate Weber led the team at the serving line with 18 points for the game followed by Maggie Beiser 3 points, Catherine Streator 2 points, Izzi Price, Rhea Miller and Isabelle Wonnell 1 point each. Ingrid Tuveson and Ava Owens passed solidly so the team could setup the offense.  Weber had the only kill of the game as Lucy Abplanalp and Ella Moster each had strong hits in the game.The 8th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team fell short against the the Greensburg Lady Pirates 25-13, 25-18.  Mary Hunter led the team with 7 points followed by Ryanna Phillips and Audrey Beiser with 3 points each and Megan Raab with 1 point. Emma Livers passed the ball well so Kate Weber could set the ball up for the 2 kills by Raab and Isabelle Wonnell.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

RACEceiver returns as official one-way radio of IMCA

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Ga. – RACEceiver returns this season as the official one-way radio of IMCA, renewing awards given in eight divisions and at two of the biggest events on the sanctioning body’s schedule.Designated as the official one-way radio of IMCA through the 2019 season, RACEceiver again gives Fusion Plus custom driver packages to the runners-up in national point standings for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.The same awards go to second-place finishers in all main events at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and the RaceSaver Sprint Car Nationals in September.“It’s a great pleasure to be partnered with IMCA again this year. We find there are so many benefits working with such a well-run organization,” sad RACEceiver’s Joe Vinson. “One of those benefits is the great feedback we get from IMCA and its racers, which help us develop new products and offer better service. We are looking forward to being a part of the IMCA family for years to come.”Information about all RACEceiver products is available by calling 866 301-7233 and at the website.“RACEceiver is the name people trust when implementing this technology and they’ve been active in making sure IMCA racers have access to the best units on the market,” stated IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re grateful for their support and we’ll continue to ensure their use at every opportunity.”last_img read more

Police Blotter 02-06-2020

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Accident sends one to hospital by lifeline

first_imgHartsville, IN—Saturday morning Bartholomew County Sherriff deputies were dispatched to East SR 46 for a head-on collision between a New Castle Community School Corporation school bus and a Ford SUV. The bus contained the girls’ gymnastics team on their way to regional competition in Columbus.  All of the student members of the gymnastic team were checked on the scene by Columbus Regional Health-EMS and released. An assistant coach of the team was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital for rib pain. The driver of the SUV was entrapped in the vehicle and after being extricated from his vehicle by Hartsville and Columbus Fire crews, he was transported to IU Methodist by Lifeline medical helicopter, the extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.The accident is being reconstructed by BCSO and Indiana State Police and is still under investigation.last_img read more

Asian Games Lalremsiami: Meet Mizoram’s first Asiad medallist

first_imgNew Delhi: Lalremsiami emerged as the first sportsperson from Mizoram to have won a medal in the Asian Games. She was part of the Indian women’s hockey team that won the silver medal at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta Palembang, Indonesia.Popularly called Siami, she now is the brightest prospect of Indian hockey. Lalremsiami was awarded ‘the Under 21 rising star award’ at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy, where she played a total of 31 minutes on the field across five matches, scoring two goals and helped India win the silver medal. She entertained the Indian hockey fans with her path-breaking performances in the Asian Games. ALSO READ | England vs India, 4th Test: England beat India to win seriesHere are some lesser known facts about Lalremsiami: 1. Lalremsiami hails from Kolasib town in northern Mizoram. She is one among the 10 children of her parents.2. She had represented her school at the inter-school sporting event at the age of 10, and was adjudged as the best hockey player.3. Lalremsiami was just 11 years old when selected to join the State Government-run hockey academy in Thenzawl.4. The star player joined the National Hockey Academy in New Delhi in 2016. ALSO READ | Asian Games: Know all medal winners as India finish with 69 medals5. Lalremsiami played a vital role in India’s success in last year’s Asia Cup when she scored against Japan and Singapore. Before making it to the senior level, Lalremsiami shone at the 4th U-18 Asia Cup. For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ganguly opens up on the possibility of IPL 2020

first_imgOVER the past couple of months, the sporting scenario has come to a standstill due to COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic has spread havoc around the globe and even the sports fraternity has not been spared. There hasn’t been a trace of international cricket since the Australia-New Zealand ODI series and cricket fraternity is eagerly waiting for the resumption of sporting action.Meanwhile, the announcement of ‘Unlock 1.0’ in India has served as a ray of hope for the BCCI to host the much-awaited IPL 2020 in the near future. With India opening up areas under green zones under ‘Unlock 1.0’, many fans are now anticipating the IPL 2020 to take place in the latter stage of the year.However, nothing seems certain at the moment as the BCCI has still not cemented the possibility of hosting the cash-rich league. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, amid all the uncertainty, has stated that the board is looking at all the options but it’s tough to predict the future at the moment.“We can’t say what will happen in the days to come. It is tough to predict. We are looking at all options. We are still not sure when cricket could resume,” said Ganguly as quoted by Sportskeeda.Ganguly said that even if IPL happens this year, its venue is still in jeopardy. According to Ganguly, it’s too early to say anything as the board is yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule, depending on the safety of the environment. More than the IPL, saving human life and break COVID-19 chain is more important, according to the former India skipper.“If at all, IPL does happen, we don’t know where it could happen. India would certainly like to host the event, provided the environment is safe. Right now, we are not in a position to say anything.It is too early. We are yet to officially discuss the IPL schedule. But it depends on the safety of the environment. Saving human life and breaking the coronavirus chain are more important for all of us,” Ganguly said.Ganguly also opened up on how he’s spending his time during the lockdown. He said that he has been home with his family but is really bothered by the way people are suffering due to the pandemic. Talking about the spread of COVID-19 in India, over 1.9 lakh people have tested positive so far and over 5000 individuals have succumbed to death.“I have been at home only with my family. I am really bothered by the way people are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. I can’t say how many people benefitted through my charity foundation. I am trying my best. We all are doing our bit in little ways to come out of this crisis,” said Ganguly amid the crisis. (CricTracker)last_img read more

Uncertain terrain: social media and sexual assault narratives

first_imgWhen Alexis, reported her sexual assault to Title IX investigators at Chapman University in December 2014, the last thing she expected was that officials would not believe her.“I don’t recall really altering my story drastically, but apparently [they said] I did,” said Alexis,, now a junior majoring in communication at USC,who declined to use her real name for privacy reasons. “They didn’t record anything [during the investigation], they just hand wrote notes. [It] was the main reason I transferred [to USC] — I didn’t feel like I was in a school that would take care of me.”Chapman University Lead Title IX Coordinator DeAnn Gaffney declined to comment on Alexis’ case.For some survivors, there is a struggle to regain the narrative — and control — of their daily lives following an assault. However, even though Alexis felt disappointed by this outcome, she found a space that allowed her to tell her own story: social media.In recent years, outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr have become spaces where survivors like Alexis can connect with many others who share similar experiences, and can serve as advocacy platforms where survivors ultimately have the power to dictate their own narratives. But online spaces are not free from negative social reactions to assault: Victim blaming, shaming and a lack of survivor privacy are probable consequences of sharing an assault case on social media.Sharing storiesBuzzFeed recently became an example of social media’s ability to influence the sexual assault narrative. In June 2016, it published a piece that soon became one of the site’s most shared stories of the year: an open letter from a sexual assault survivor to her assailant, which created national headlines with a raw, powerful message that spread across social media.The letter served as a viral spark that reignited online discourse surrounding sexual assault on college campuses and added personal context to the Stanford rape case, in which Stanford student Brock Turner was found guilty of three counts of felony sexual assault but only sentenced to six months in jail.“Being able to broadcast [your assault] to everyone and turn it into something … and not be ashamed — I think that can definitely change the narrative,” Alexis said.Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily TrojanAccording to a December 2016 New York Magazine editorial, the online outrage that followed revealed the power and potential of social media to portray the untold side of a story on behalf of sexual assault victims.“Social media brings you the empowerment you otherwise wouldn’t have had if you didn’t speak up,” Alexis said. “It could empower you to own what has happened to you and take control, because … you lose control when you are sexually assaulted.”According to therapist and clinical associate professor Kristen Zaleski, who works at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, social media can also be a valuable and unique place for survivors to find support because it provides a personalized platform to share stories.“The truth is, one in four women has a history of surviving a sexually violent episode,” Zaleski said. “So whenever you post something, you have a 25 percent chance that the person reading that has the same story, and is going to empathize with you, and maybe even share back or be inspired.”Aside from being a sexual assault survivor, Alexis is also an advocate on campus, where social media has become a key aspect of her work. Alexis is a representative for Violence Outreach Intervention and Community Empowerment, a program in which USC students educate their peers about gender-based trauma.“When I do my VOICE presentations, I tell people to friend me on Facebook or follow me, and I get a handful of people who do add me — they don’t necessarily talk to me, but they know that I am there if they ever want to talk,” Alexis said. “I also share articles and sometimes write longer thought pieces of my own … on the state of sexual assault on campuses in the United States and around the world.”Online issues Alexis’ social media advocacy began after her Title IX investigation, which was not ruled in her favor. Alexis’ alleged perpetrator was found not guilty, and her case was dismissed. She turned to Facebook as an outlet to explain what had happened to her — it is where Alexis’ story is told, undiluted by forces outside. According to Women Against Violence Against Women, a Canadian rape crisis center, rape culture fosters prevailing social attitudes that normalize or trivialize sexual assault and abuse. And while social media can undoubtedly empower survivors of sexual assault, Zaleski said it can also be a toxic space that perpetuates this problem.In a study she conducted in 2016 that examined the presence of rape culture within the comments section of online news articles, Zaleski found that victim blaming was the most prominent theme.Zaleski defines victim blaming as a common filter through which many people approach sexual assault. Instead of antagonizing the perpetrator, many will, either consciously or subconsciously, imply that the survivor is to blame for their own assault due to details such as their clothing, relationship status or degree of sobriety.“As people look for that affirmation online, and they read any of the comments after the 40-some articles we looked at, they would see that a lot of people wouldn’t think they were legitimately sexually assaulted,” Zaleski said. “They would believe it was [their] fault, or that [they were] complicit in it, and that [they] might feel like the police or judicial system might also blame [them].”Alexis also identified the double standards that come with speaking out about a sexual assault.“There’s this huge irony that when a survivor does something unexpected, like speak out, people say they must not be a real survivor, because a real survivor would be ashamed,” Alexis said. “It’s in that same sense where … if you tell your story as a way to fight back, people might be less likely to believe you, because they believe people don’t fight back.”Zaleski also warns against using social media as an outlet to immediately make sense of what has happened following a sexual assault. In times of trauma or vulnerability, she said that a face-to-face encounter with a professional should be the first priority.“I would encourage my clients to be hesitant to post something so publicly when you can’t erase that, ever,” Zaleski said. “After you have some distance from the trauma, and are making sense of it and looking for support and guidance in the aftermath, I think that’s a better time to identify yourself and put it out there.”In the same way, Alexis does not advocate for either speaking about ongoing sexual assault cases or revealing the identity of a sexual assault perpetrator on social media.“When I posted about my story, I offered that if any woman at Chapman would like to know my perpetrator, they could message me privately and I will let them know who he is,” Alexis said. “But I didn’t broadcast it to the world.”A changing landscapeThe prevalence and permanence of social media continues to contribute to both its appeal and risk. In the Steubenville High School rape case of 2012, two high school football players were found guilty of publicly and repeatedly sexually assaulting a female student. Because the assault was documented on Facebook and Twitter, the case drew national attention for the influence of social media on the initial prosecution and later widespread outrage.“The reason the men were caught is because they posted it online,” Zaleski said. “The detriment to that is that she, who had this horrible, violent, traumatizing thing happen to her, is now online forever, because of their actions.”Despite its risks, however, Alexis believes that the ability to share freely on social media contributes to one of its biggest advantages.“If you feel safe with the people you are linked with on social media…simply advocating for other survivors could be a form of healing,” Alexis said. “Educating [your friends] and expressing your frustrations, even if they are not knowledgeable of your situation, could be very helpful for you to get that indirect support.”last_img read more