Argent chosen as Piccadilly Triangle developer

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ACT’s call for drug prohibition debate rejected

first_imgNewstalk ZB 2 March 2016Family First Comment: Yet another flawed idea coming from the current ACT party. Perhaps we should decriminalise burglary also – the gangs make money from that too.The Minister of Police is knocking back an ACT party call for a debate around the prohibition of drugs.ACT’s Leader David Seymour said prohibition is helping generate drug revenue for gangs and if the market was stopped, gangs would be de-funded.He wants to open up the conversation about what prohibition has done to support gangs.“We should be moving towards greater awareness of what some of the side effects of prohibition are and one of them is that it provides a source of revenue for gangs.”Mr Seymour said if the Government’s serious, it should be looking at gangs’ revenue streams. He said their specialisation is circumventing the prohibition of illegal drugs.READ MORE: read more

Spread of polio now a world health emergency

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Spread of polio now a world health emergency by: – May 6, 2014 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 35 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share LAHORE, Pakistan — A Pakistani health worker gives a child a polio vaccine yeterday. (PHOTO: AP)LONDON, England (AP) — The World Health Organisation (WHO) has for the first time declared the spread of polio an international public health emergency that could grow in the next few months and unravel the nearly three-decade effort to eradicate the crippling disease.The agency described current polio outbreaks across at least 10 countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East as an “extraordinary event” that required a coordinated international response. It identified Pakistan, Syria and Cameroon as having allowed the virus to spread beyond their borders, and recommended that those three governments require citizens to obtain a certificate proving they have been vaccinated for polio before travelling abroad.“Until it is eradicated, polio will continue to spread internationally, find and paralyse susceptible kids,” Dr Bruce Aylward who leads WHO’s polio efforts said during a press briefing yesterday.Critics, however, questioned whether this announcement would make much of a difference, given the limits faced by governments confronting not only polio but armed insurrection and widespread poverty.“What happens when you continue whipping a horse to go ever faster, no matter how rapidly he is already running?” said Dr Donald A Henderson, who led the WHO’s initiative to get rid of smallpox, the only human disease ever to have been eradicated.The WHO has never before issued an international alert on polio, a disease that usually strikes children under five and is most often spread through infected water. There is no specific cure, but several vaccines exist.Experts are particularly concerned that polio is re-emerging in countries previously free of the disease, such as Syria, Somalia and Iraq, where civil war or unrest now complicates efforts to contain the virus. It is happening during the traditionally low season for the spread of polio, leaving experts worried that cases could spike as the weather becomes warmer and wetter in the coming months across the northern hemisphere.The vast majority of new cases are in Pakistan, a country which an independent monitoring board set up by the WHO has called “a powder keg that could ignite widespread polio transmission”.Dozens of polio workers have been killed over the last two years in Pakistan, where militants accuse them of spying for the US government. Those suspicions stem at least partly from the disclosure that the CIA used a Pakistani doctor to uncover Osama bin Laden’s hideout by trying to get blood samples from his family under the guise of a hepatitis vaccination programme. US commandos killed the al-Qaeda leader in May 2011 in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.At the end of last month, there were 68 confirmed polio cases worldwide, compared with just 24 at the same time last year. In 2013, polio reappeared in Syria, sparking fears the civil war there could ignite a wider outbreak as refugees flee to other countries across the region. The virus has also been identified in the sewage system in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, although no cases have been spotted.Associated Presslast_img read more

Positive cases of COVID-19 continue to rise statewide

first_imgStatewide—Over the weekend, The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 1167 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Sunday.  A total of 27,778 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 177,243 tests have been reported to ISDH at a 15.7% positive rate and 57 new deaths were reported for a total of 1607 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 220 positive cases and 31 deaths, Franklin County has 106 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County has 107 positive cases and 6 deaths according to the latest data received by the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img

Northern Ireland and Wales among bottom seeds for Euro 2016 finals

first_img Press Association England, as expected, join holders Spain, Portugual, Germany, Belgium and hosts France as top seeds, but the December 12 draw is sure to be tougher on their home nation counterparts. Northern Ireland won Group F with 21 points but actually have the lowest UEFA co-efficient of any team still involved and, like Wales, will be pulled from Pot Four. That is because only 40% of the co-efficient rating comes from the recently-concluded qualifying round, with the same again to the 2014 World Cup campaign and the remaining 20% coming from performances on the way to Euro 2012. Northern Ireland finished fifth in their two previous campaigns, with Wales fourth and fifth. Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Croatia and Austria take five of the six slots in Pot Two, with Iceland and Albania confirmed in Pot Four. center_img Northern Ireland and Wales must overcome the odds again at Euro 2016 after UEFA confirmed they would be among the bottom seeds in France next summer.last_img read more

DEFY Little League to host state championships in July

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA Little League will host the 2015 state baseball and softball championships for ages 9-10 July 17-23.And the YMCA could use a little help, according to Little League President Todd Wagstaff.“We are looking for sponsors for this tournament,” he said. “We estimate at least 500 people will be traveling to Ellsworth for this event. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get positive exposure for being a part of this huge event.”Those wishing to participate can call Wagstaff at 266-4398 for more information.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth last hosted the same tournament, which draws teams from every Little League district in Maine, six years ago.Under the tournament format, each district champion will play every other champion once, guaranteeing each team five games in baseball and four in softball.The two teams with the best records in softball and baseball then will meet in the state championship games on the final day of the tournament.Games will get under way on Friday, July 17, but opening ceremonies for the event will take place after the first baseball game on Saturday morning.All games will take place at the DeMeyer Field complex, and food concessions will be in operation throughout the tournament.Bob Stevenson of Bangor and Dana Verge of Thomaston, who have a combined 120 years of involvement with Little League, will throw the ceremonial first pitches on Saturday morning.Later this month, on the weekends of June 20-21 and 27-28, Little League District 1 will hold the Bob Dorr Tournament of Champions for baseball and softball players ages 7-10 in Machias.Eight baseball teams and five softball teams are expected to participate in that tournament. Bio Like he did in the ’60s, Noel Paul Stookey sings out in troubling times – December 27, 2017 Latest posts by Hugh Bowden (see all) Is this the kind of government we deserve? – July 10, 2017center_img Hugh BowdenExecutive EditorHugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American’s editorial department. When he’s not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. GSA surges in 4th to win Northern Maine title – February 26, 2017 Latest Postslast_img read more

Spanish soccer league says matches in 1st and 2nd divisions will be played without fans for the next two weeks

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMADRID (AP) — Spanish soccer league says matches in 1st and 2nd divisions will be played without fans for the next two weeks. Spanish soccer league says matches in 1st and 2nd divisions will be played without fans for the next two weekscenter_img March 10, 2020last_img

Vuvuzela makes appearance in SU women’s soccer win

first_img Comments Published on September 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm For at least one night, the vuvuzela — the South African noisemaker that became the soundtrack to the 2010 FIFA World Cup — found its way to Syracuse. Just in time for the Orange’s 1-0 win over St. John’s. And if you ask the eight people who were blowing into the horns Friday night in Syracuse’s first Big East home game of the year, it is here to stay. The Orange and its head coach Phil Wheddon are receptive of it. They can’t ignore it. But that’s fine. ‘You can hear it,’ Wheddon said. ‘It’s not as noisy as it would have been for the World Cup, for sure. But it adds atmosphere. I think we put out an entertaining product, and to come away with a win, as well as the noise, it was great.’ The vuvuzela’s overbearing popularity demonstrated during the 2010 FIFA World Cup prompted various sporting venues to ban the vuvuzela at future events. SU Soccer Stadium was not one of those venues.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text While modest when compared to the cavalries of horn-blowers heard in South Africa over the summer, the two vuvuzela bands powering Friday’s background noise did their best to at least keep the racket going. The first of which was a group of four freshman State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry students, led by Chris Streczywilk. Chris, who was taking in his first women’s soccer match of the year, wasn’t originally planning on bringing the device. ‘We were going to buy ‘em for the Dome, but then we found out that you can’t have them there.’ Streczywilk said. ‘So we decided to support our girl’s soccer team.’ And what the Carrier Dome lost, SU Soccer Stadium gained. By the start of the second half, the second of the two vuvuzela congregations had joined the crowd. Though the two groups seldom played in unison, they were able to entertain the spectators by vuvuzela-belching to show discontent with officiating and vuvuzela-beatboxing to pass time in between corner kicks, and by recreating cow and sheep sounds via vuvuzela to make spectators wonder where they were. Sophomore defender Skylar Sabbag couldn’t help but take notice of what was going on in the stands. ‘I heard it the first time, and I looked over,’ Sabbag said. ‘I was like, wow, we have a lot of fans tonight.’ Adam McMonagle, a junior, was a part of the second group of fans that helped provide the beehive noises. ‘I figured that if I could get (the vuvuzelas), it would be a tremendous advantage to at least annoy the other team,’ McMonagle said. ‘Whether or not it would actually do anything on the field, we would see, but I figured at least the annoyance of the other team would throw them off their game.’ The vuvuzela is a cylindrical horn that fans blow into. The tool’s traditional roots are disputed, but the vuvuzela is generally believed to have stemmed from the blowing of the kudu horn, across the hills and valleys of villages, to bring the elders together for meetings in common Zulu tradition in various parts of the continent of Africa. Today, the tradition is perhaps better known for its irritating nuisance than it is for its actual heritage. Though loud and annoying to some in the crowd, players do find it possible to create noise control on the field. Freshman goalkeeper Brittany Anghel has a simple method. ‘I just thought about the World Cup when I heard the horns,’ Anghel said. ‘When I’m playing the game, I just focus on the moment. Obviously that propels us forward, but I think it’s more just being in the moment and taking each situation as it comes.’ Wheddon, who is the former assistant coach to the U.S. Women’s National Team and veteran of two Olympic Games, was able to see the positives amid all the noise on Friday night. For a SU team that regularly faces vocal crowds on the road, Wheddon and his squad may finally have their own kind of home-field advantage as of the start of the conference season. They are unbeaten at home through four games. It seems to be working. It remains to be seen if it is what SU needed. For now, Wheddon thinks so. ‘When you go to St. John’s and play, there are fans all around the field. If you go to (Connecticut) and play, there are fans all around the field. There are people two or three feet behind the goal yelling and screaming at you the whole game. So noise is a part of the game. This is good for us.’ zoirvin@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Professor elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

first_imgProfessor Viet Thanh Nguyen is not just a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient. On Wednesday, he was also selected as one of the 213 notables elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences this year.Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen is the 24th Dornsife faculty member to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Daily Trojan file photo.The Academy stands as one of the oldest learned societies in the nation, honoring and bringing together exceptional scholars, leaders and innovators to create policies and initiatives to empower future generations. Other awardees this year include former President Barack Obama, actor Tom Hanks and author Ta-Nehisi Coates.“I shivered a little to see my name next to Barack Obama in this announcement about our selection as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,” Nguyen tweeted Tuesday.According to a news release, Nguyen joins a cohort of historical figures including Charles Darwin, Martin Luther King Jr. and Benjamin Franklin. “This was a completely unexpected honor, for which I’m grateful,” Nguyen said to USC News.Nguyen is one of the most decorated professors at USC. In 2016, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his novel The Sympathizer, which provides readers with “unconventional and critical” perspectives on the Vietnam War. Nguyen received several awards for the novel, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the First Novel Prize for the Center for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Literary Excellence. In 2017, he was named a MacArthur Fellow and received the Guggenheim Fellowship. President C. L. Max Nikias named him a University Professor this February, an immense honor based on multidisciplinary interests and achievements. “Professor Nguyen applies his extraordinary talent as a scholar, writer and advocate to help us build empathy and broaden our understanding of the world,” said Amber Miller, the dean of USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, to USC News.In addition to Nguyen, 23 other faculty members from Dornsife have been elected to the Academy.According to the Academy’s website, the 238th class of American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows will be inducted at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass., this October.last_img read more