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Match Report – NSW 34 – 10 Queensland

first_imgThe Maroons suffered an early blow when they lost Cameron Munster after he failed a HIA test but the Blues, led by Nathan Cleary, were exceptional.- Advertisement – The game was beginning to get niggly and boiled over when Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui came to blows and were both sin-binned.There was a hint of possible fightback from the Maroons when Papali’I powered over, but Cleary had the final word with a penalty for a dominant win. New South Wales beat Queensland 34-10 in game two of the 2020 State of Origin series to take the series to a decider in Brisbane next Wednesday.The Maroons went ahead through a brilliant Xavier Coates try but the Blues put the foot down and hit back with tries from Cody Walker, James Tedesco and Josh Addo-Carr for a well-deserved 18-4 lead at the break.They continued in the same vein in the second half as Jack Wighton and Daniel Tupou went over. Queensland managed to score a second through Josh Papali’I but Addo-Carr scored his second for a convincing win.- Advertisement – Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic celebrate the Blues win The decider will take place on Wednesday, November 18 at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium. Cleary was under massive pressure from the first game with many calling for him to be dropped, however, he proved his critics wrong with a man-of-the-match performance.The early exchanges were brutal with both sides carrying hard and it was Queensland who struck first with Coates producing a wonderful finish in the corner. Nathan Cleary answered his critics with an impressive display for the Blues Nathan Cleary answered his critics with an impressive display for the Blues

COVID-19: West Java medical personnel forced to use raincoats in lieu of hazmat suits

first_imgDue to the limited availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hazmat suits, medical personnel from a state-owned hospital in Tasikmalaya, West Java were forced to wear disposable plastic raincoats when transporting patients under observation for COVID-19. Medical personnel from the Soekardjo Regional General Hospital were seen wearing blue plastic raincoats while transferring a suspected COVID-19 patient to an ambulance on Saturday. The patient was about to be transferred to the Gunung Jati general hospital. “Yes, it’s true that our staff were wearing normal raincoats,” Tasikmalaya Health Agency head Uus Supangat said on Wednesday as reported by tribunnews.com. “The city [administration] bought 100 plastic raincoats at the store for a total of Rp 1 million [US$69].” Uus said his agency was aware that raincoats did not provide sufficient protection when moving suspected COVID-19 patients according to standard operational procedures, but they forced to use what was at hand because proper PPEs were not available at the time.“Right now there are only 10 sets of PPEs [in the city] and they are spread around several hospitals in Tasikmalaya,” he said.Tasikmalaya Mayor Budi Budiman confirmed the limited supply of PPEs in Tasikmalaya and said his administration had requested that the Health Ministry provide additional equipment. (roi)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 51 PAsmart Job Training Grants in South Central and Southeast Pennsylvania

first_img Education,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Building on his plan to expand job training for Pennsylvanians, Governor Tom Wolf today announced more than $5.3 million in the first PAsmart Apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants for south central and southeast Pennsylvania. The governor launched PAsmart last year to increase STEM and computer science education, apprenticeship and job training to prepare workers with the skills that growing businesses need.“Building the strongest workforce in the nation requires a flexible workforce development system that adapts to meet employers’ needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “These PAsmart grants will provide innovative career development opportunities for students, workers, and job seekers to equip them with the skills and credentials that regional employers are seeking.”The grants, totaling more than $1 million for the south central region and more than $4.3 million for southeast Pennsylvania, will support job training in building and construction, early childhood education, information technology, maintenance, and advanced manufacturing in those regions through both apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships. Apprenticeships provide hands-on opportunities for workers to learn skills while earning a paycheck. Next Generation Industry Partnerships connect employers in the same industry to provide job training.PAsmart grants have been awarded this year through the Department of Education to bolster STEM and computer science in schools, and through the Department of Labor & Industry to strengthen skills training programs throughout the commonwealth. Separate PAsmart grants to increase apprenticeships and job training have been announced in the northwest, southwest, northeast, and north central regions of the commonwealth.The governor’s budget unveiled last week builds on the success of PAsmart to create opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) expands early childhood development programs, increases investments in schools and educators, and partners with the private sector to build on the groundbreaking PAsmart initiative.The following are the PAsmart apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants awarded in south central Pennsylvania. To view full details, visit PAsmart Regional Grants.Lancaster General Hospital – A $68,484.31 apprenticeship grant was awarded to create an apprenticeship program for building maintenance technicians, creating a pipeline of experienced maintenance staff to support the regional area’s aging workforce. The program will bridge the skill gap between new graduates and experienced maintenance personnel and provide on-the-job training focused on technical and soft skills.Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology – A $70,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the Academy’s capacity for training welding apprentices in Mifflin and Juniata Counties by providing an increased number of training stations for employers to have more apprentices and incumbent workers trained.The Manufacturers’ Association – A $77,050 apprenticeship grant was awarded to establish a registered apprenticeship ecosystem in south central Pennsylvania through expansion of employer participation (especially small manufacturers) and increasing the number of journey workers and apprentices.Shippensburg University – A $60,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to develop and convene a multi-employer consortium in the south central Pennsylvania region to promote the early childhood education apprenticeship program.ABC Keystone Chapter – A $67,182 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to support the ongoing programming of Berks Connections/Pretrial Services, an organization focused on improving employment participation of returning citizens through the development of a career pathway in the construction trades, as well as numerous evolving secondary and post-secondary partnerships and those that serve individuals with learning and emotional disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders.The Manufacturers’ Association – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to grow the current manufacturing pre-apprenticeship program to expand into Lancaster County schools, raise awareness of career opportunities in manufacturing and create an apprentice talent pipeline for south central manufacturing companies by participating in career fairs, providing training for advanced placement of pre-apprentices in registered apprenticeship programs and offering additional credentials for program participants.TranZed Apprenticeships – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded for a tech support specialist pre-apprenticeship program designed to educate adults, youths and high school seniors to prepare them for specific entry level IT job roles within six months. Students learn both technical and business skills, earn multiple industry recognized certifications, a certificate of completion and up to eight college credits from the university for their future college education.JEVS Human Services – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to establish a TechServ Scholars AmeriCorps program for the region that will provide 15 pre-apprentices with nine college credits in IT/Security Operations training delivered by NuPaths@ Harrisburg University, IT industry-recognized certifications, and hands-on learning guided by professional mentors.NuPaths, LLC – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to maximize the impact of efforts on economic growth and improve the quality of education outcomes in the program’s five IT pathways and allow the organization to educate and train students in a role of “Network Technician.”NuPaths, LLC – A $50,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to maximize the impact of efforts on economic growth and improve the quality of education outcomes in the program’s five IT pathways and allow the organization to educate and train students in a role of “Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst.”NuPaths, LLC – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to provide a distance learning college alternative to prepare students throughout PA for well-paying IT jobs. Employer networks via NuPaths and TranZed will facilitate hiring of program graduates.Lancaster County Workforce Development Board – A $40,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the Building and Construction industries.TranZed Apprenticeship Services – A $45,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the business services industry.The Manufacturers’ Association – A $250,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.The following are the PAsmart apprenticeship and Next Generation Industry Partnerships grants awarded in southeast Pennsylvania. To view full details, visit PAsmart Regional Grants.Aubrey Karoglan – An $149,780 apprenticeship grant was awarded to create a pipeline to entry-level employment through a healthcare industry apprenticeship as a certified medical assistant for students in Universal Audenried’s Health Related Technology Career and Technical Education program.Lehigh Career & Technical Institute – A $149,896 apprenticeship grant was awarded to increase the number of participants in the heavy equipment operator apprenticeship program in order to meet the workforce needs of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. member companies.Philadelphia Area Labor-Management Committee – A $150,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to serve more than over 20 different multi-employer apprenticeship programs affiliated with the 31 building trades on the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council. This proposal will also promote reforms of pre- and apprenticeship outreach and intake activities to increase the number of non-traditional apprenticeships, and to improve the completion rates of participants.Asbestos Workers Local Union No. 14 (DBA International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers JAC (LU14) Training Center) – A $70,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to re-evaluate, create, and implement an effective recruitment strategy for women to increase female applicants by 18 percent.Philadelphia Carpenters Joint Apprentice Committee (JAC) – A $50,346 apprenticeship grant was awarded to educate and train JAC apprentices in the following areas: occupational safety and health administration; process safety management in the petrochemical industry; mobile elevated work platform safety certification; and infectious containment risk assessment certification.IBEW Local Union 743 & Reading Division Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter NECA Apprentice Fund – A $50,346 apprenticeship grant was awarded to provide on-the-job training, classroom and lab instruction to apprentices to ensure they are proficient in installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of various electrical systems on commercial and industrial job sites.District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund – A $150,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to assist the Training Fund register, at least three new apprenticeship programs; transform at least two single-employer programs into group programs open to broader employer/apprentice enrollment; grow the number of health and human services employers sponsoring apprentices by at least 10; and enroll at least 50 new registered apprentices (RA) in new or existing programming.Arcadia University – A $150,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to the Arcadia’s RA program for early childhood education address statewide capacity building priorities by serving multi-employer programs; promoting a competency-base, non-traditional model of apprenticeship; and promoting non-traditional service delivery that increases the number of RA’s serving working adults.First Up – A $68,262 apprenticeship grant was awarded to the program and its partners to provide career paths in early childhood education.The Wistar Institute – A $50,000 apprenticeship grant was awarded to promote instruction and hands-on job training for working adults, as well as traditional postsecondary education student populations, and promote similar competency-based, non-traditional models of biomedical research technician apprenticeship by providing guidance to other research institutions in the commonwealth.Philadelphia OIC – A $149,986 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded, in partnership with Flex Right Solutions, Inc., Temple University’s Lenfest North Philadelphia Skills Initiative, and has the support of the Energy Coordinating Agency and Temple’s College of Engineering, to offer an innovative pre-apprenticeship that produces FAA certified drone technology employees.JEVS Human Services – A $150,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to increase access to STEM career paths for high-poverty youth, and helps build the regional workforce. TechServ, in partnership with JEVS Human Services, will provide 15 pre-apprentices (youth ages 18-24 who are disconnected from work and school) with 300 plus hours of structured training in technical skills, IT industry-recognized certifications, and hands-on learning guided by professional mentors.Community College of Philadelphia – A $150,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand our career readiness programs to anticipate future workforce needs, increase female and minority student participation, and to develop the pre-apprentice program experience relevant to the training and industry standards.Bucks County Community College – A $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the college’s existing industrial maintenance (IM) pre-apprenticeship training program to high school students and other out-of-school-youth, age 18-24, in Bucks County. The program will span 24-weeks, 3 hours per day for a total of 288 hours of Industrial Maintenance instruction.Tech Impact – A $100,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to propose the ITWorks pre-apprenticeship program to establish a direct pipeline for underserved post-secondary students ages 18 to 26 to a registered IT apprenticeship program. After successfully completing ITWorks, graduates can apply their pre-apprentice hours to a Registered IT Apprenticeship, move directly to placement in IT, or get credit at most colleges for their CompTIA A+ certification attainment.The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to provide a structured career path for youth and adults to advance entry into Arts2Work. The program, the first federally-registered National Apprenticeship Program in Media Arts + Creative Technologies, creates pipelines to jobs across diverse sectors including media, entertainment, journalism, advertising, and related fields.Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to Key Cultivate a regional talent pipeline for advanced manufacturing companies, primarily in Lehigh and Berks counties. LCCC and Reading Area Community College will partner to deliver certified production technician registered pre-apprenticeship programs that prepare participants for employment, lead to registered apprenticeship programs, and/or upskill newly hired incumbent workers for career pathway programs.School District of Philadelphia – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to The Urban Technology Project, which is comprised of an IT or AmeriCorps Junior apprenticeship program, to help increase exposure to CTE for students in 8th grade who are interested in technology and computer science. UTP is comprised of two programs;Berks Connections/Pretrial Services – A $77,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to continue the Rebuilding Reentrants and Reading program when U.S. Department of Labor seed funding expires. The program offers an opportunity for individuals with a criminal history to acquire skills in the construction trades that lead to gainful employment and assists with the renovation of one of the City of Reading’s blighted neighborhoods.Community College of Philadelphia – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded for an Industrial Maintenance Technician program. The program will provide participants with foundational knowledge in four areas: fluid power; industrial electricity; mechanical components; and programmable logic controllers.The Wistar Institute – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to expand the biomedical technician training program in a manner that will allow additional community college and underrepresented populations to experience the hands-on learning and include specialty training through the apprenticeship with potential employers in basic biomedical, biotechnical and biopharmaceutical research.District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund – A $45,950 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded for an ApprenticeshipPHL program, which plans to enroll 45 new behavioral health pre-apprentices between February 2019 and June 2020.Philadelphia Youth Network, Inc. (PYN) – A $45,950 pre-apprenticeship grant was awardedto expand the CVS Pharmacy Technician pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship program. Grant funds will be used to focus on increasing career paths into registered pharmacy technician pre-app/apprenticeships in collaboration with cross-sector partners in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties, including CVS Health, community colleges, workforce boards, School District of Philadelphia, and Job Corps.DVIRC – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to create a consortium focused on the development of a pilot pre-apprenticeship program in the manufacturing sector.Philadelphia Area Labor-Management Committee – A $40,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to establish a pipeline to RA programs focused on serving individuals served by community-based organizations, establish connections to existing joint construction industry registered apprenticeship program in the region, and to deliver both hands-on and instructional-based learning.District 1199C Training & Upgrading Fund – A $300,000 Ambassador Network grant was awarded to establish a statewide system that supports early childhood education (ECE) apprenticeship. The Training Fund will launch five regional hubs that will customize, replicate, and grow ECE pre-/registered apprenticeship programs in their region and provide technical support to grow the program.Philadelphia Works (on behalf of ApprenticeshipPHL) – A $300,000 Ambassador Network grant was awarded to operate and oversee the proposed SEPA Region Registered Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, and bring together partners in the region to increase and align apprenticeship opportunities, develop apprenticeship pathways to careers, and connect employers, education, and the workforce.Greater Reading Chamber Alliance – A $44,662 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to engage 61 businesses and 31 public and community partners.Philadelphia Works – A $35,038 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the hospitality, leisure & entertainment industry.Philadelphia Works – A $45,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Convening grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the advanced manufacturing industry.Delaware County Community College – A $45,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership grant was awarded to create an industry partnership in the logistics and transportation industry.Philadelphia Works – A $200,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.Chester County Economic Development Council – A $250,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.Chester County Economic Development Council – A $250,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support a business services industry partnership.Workforce Board Lehigh Valley – A $144,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an advanced manufacturing industry partnership.Chester County Economic Development Council – A $250,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support a health care industry partnership.Chester County Economic Development Council – A $220,000 Next Generation Industry Partnership Implementation grant was awarded to implement business-driven priorities and action plans to support an energy industry partnership.To celebrate the PAsmart grants and investment in workforce development, L&I Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani toured Lancaster General Hospital and the Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center today and met with administrators and partners in the apprenticeship programs.“Apprenticeship programs are a great example of state agencies and local businesses working together to help meet regional employment needs,” said Cipriani. “Governor Wolf wants Pennsylvania businesses to have access to a world-class workforce and has proposed additional funding for the PAsmart initiative to further improve access to education, apprenticeships and training programs for students and workers.” Governor Wolf Announces 51 PAsmart Job Training Grants in South Central and Southeast Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img February 13, 2019last_img read more

ABP, AP4 rise up ranking of asset owners assessing climate risk

first_imgRankInstitutional investorCountry Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW and Sweden’s AP4 were also among the European pension investors to claim one of the nine highest ratings, with the buffer fund rising 54 places to rank ninth.The ranking also saw Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global top the list as the most climate-conscious of the 39 sovereign wealth funds assessed, falling just below the Top 20 and receiving an A rating.Leading 20 institutions in Global Climate 500Leading 20 institutions in Global Climate 500  Only 7% of the world’s largest asset owners are able to calculate their carbon footprint, according to a global ranking of pension and sovereign wealth funds.However, the latest Global Climate 500 ranking conducted by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) awarded a number of Europe’s largest pension funds the highest rating of AAA, with AP4 and PFZW among the schemes that saw their ratings improve.Australia’s Local Government Super rose to the top of the ranking of 500 asset owners, while the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund fell four places to fifth after a number of new entrants rose 54 spots to enter the Top 10.Norway’s KLP was the highest-ranked European pension provider, coming second, with CalPERS third and Dutch civil service pension scheme ABP fourth, up 28 spots in the ranking. 19New York City Employees Retirement SystemUS 4ABPThe Netherlands Julian Poulter, chief executive at the AODP, said it was encouraging Scandinavian investors had embraced the concept of assessing carbon risk.“However, the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund is still the elephant in the room with its huge size, and Norwegians need their fund to get to AAA rating in advance of Statoil’s eventual and inevitable demise,” he said.Poulter also praised efforts by Dutch pension managers and funds but noted that the country was almost uniquely exposed to climate change risks.He also pointed out that 35 UK schemes were awarded the worst or second-worst possible rating, stressing that members of the “laggard” funds were likely to take action.The AODP last week announced it would work with NGO ClientEarth to help pension beneficiaries sue schemes failing to acknowledge the risk of climate change.“BP and Shell are a significant source of dividends for UK pension funds,” Poulter said.“It simply isn’t good enough to sit back and expect markets to manage their demise smoothly when history shows the market correction is likely to be sudden and brutal.”Pension investors recently saw a resolution backed by a number of Europe’s largest funds accepted by BP’s shareholders, requiring the company to publish how it would deal with climate change. A similar resolution has been tabled for the Shell AGM next month.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to AODP Global Climate 500 index 18PKADenmark 15VicSuperAustralia 16Universities Superannuation SchemeUK 1Local Government SuperAustralia 7AustralianSuperAustralia 17CareSuperAustralia 9AP4Swedencenter_img 8PFZWThe Netherlands 10General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist ChurchUS 13First State SuperAustralia 12AvivaUK 2KLPNorway 6New York State Common Retirement FundUS 11AP2Sweden 20Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New YorkUS 5Environment Agency Pension FundUK 3CalPERSUS 14CalSTRSUSlast_img read more

ALRANZ can’t answer a simple question on late term abortions…

first_imgALRANZ’s American abortion lobbyist (linked to the atrocious Planned Parenthood) could not answer a simple question on Newstalk ZB last night about late term abortions…Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“…um.. ah..giggle… i don’t accept your framing of the question… ”But then the classic statement – “viability happens at birth”.Even Andrew Little would disagree with that.And so does the overwhelming majority of the country. In fact, just 18% have the same flawed view as ALRANZ.See the poll of 1,000 NZers just releasedALRANZ are so far out of touch with mainstream New Zealand – and biological facts.last_img read more

Traffic shift on Thursday in Brookville

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to move traffic to east-side lanes of US 52/Main Street in Brookville beginning Thursday as Phase II construction of sidewalks, curb ramps, and installation of street lights begins.Motorists will be shifted to 11 foot wide lanes, one in each direction.Parking will be allowed on the west side of Main Street where crews are not working.The completion date is scheduled for October 13.last_img

O’Neill in tribute to Healy

first_img Healy, who had been without a club since his release by Bury in the summer, won the hearts of Northern Ireland fans with 36 goals in 95 appearances. While he holds the scoring record by a staggering 23 goals, he is also the nation’s most capped outfield player and a fan favourite renowned for his unforgettable winner against England in 2005 and a hat-trick against Spain the following year. The 34-year-old never managed anything as memorable at club level, but went on to play for the likes of Preston, Leeds, Sunderland, Fulham and Rangers having started his career with Manchester United. His future now appears to be in a coaching capacity and O’Neill, for whom Healy scored the final goal of his career with a free-kick against Azerbaijan last November, would welcome his assistance. “David Healy has and will always be an iconic player in the eyes of all Northern Ireland fans,” he said. “His commitment to playing for Northern Ireland is an example to all current and future international players. “I know that David will have a lot to offer the game as he embarks on his coaching career. “David has already performed a scouting role for the senior international team and assisted the U17 team as part of his development as a coach. I would like to thank David for his contribution to football in Northern Ireland and I look forward to working with him in the future.” Healy never featured at a major tournament, despite a stunning return of 13 goals in Euro 2008 qualifying, but leaves the game proud of his achievements. “It has been an absolute honour and privilege to wear the Northern Ireland shirt, to represent the people of our proud wee country and I hope to continue in whatever way I can, in my new career in coaching, to help Northern Ireland succeed,” said Healy. Press Association “Over half my life has been dedicated to the game that I love and although you have to get on by your own efforts and making the best of your own abilities, my career would not have been anything like it has, without the help and support of so many people. “To the Green and White Army, who have sang my name win or lose, goals or no goals, travelled to countries, some of which I don’t think either I or they could even spell, my heartfelt thanks and respect to you all. I will see you in the Kop End!” “There have been some pretty tough days in the Green shirt, let’s be honest, but when we got it right and when I had the chance to play my part, those are the days that will stay in my memory forever.” The Irish FA will honour Healy with a ceremony at its competitive match at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill hailed David Healy as “an example to all current and future international players” after the country’s record goalscorer announced his retirement.last_img read more

‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh to be released Thursday

first_imgThe man known as the ‘American Taliban,’ after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, will soon be released from prison after nearly two decades.John Walker Lindh, now 38, will be released from federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana on Thursday.Lindh converted to Islam as a teenager while still living in California and visited Yemen at the age of 16 in 1998.In 2000, at the age of 20, he left the US and joined the Taliban.He was with the Taliban on Sept. 11, 2001, when al-Qaida terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.Furthermore, he was present when a group of Taliban prisoners killed CIA officer Johnny Micheal “Mike” Spann, during an uprising.He was brought to the United States to face charges of conspiring to kill Spann in addition to providing support to terrorists.Lindh denied playing a role in Spann’s death but plead guilty to providing support to terrorists and sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2002.He is required to serve three years probation following his release.Spann’s daughter spoke out about Lindh’s release telling the Washington Examiner that it’s a slap in the face to her late father.last_img read more

At Least 5 Dead on Mount Everest After Human Traffic Jam

first_imgAltitude sickness occurs from low amounts of oxygen at high elevations. It can cause headaches, vomiting, shortness of breath and mental confusion. https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1132312628666294272 U.K.-based climbing company 360 Expeditions reports that an Irish climber died on Friday while climbing the mountain. The Press Trust of India news agency also says that two more Indian climbers died while descending Mount Everest this week, along with an Austrian.center_img Other media say that as many as 10 climbers have died in recent days.Spring is a popular climbing season, as May typically has good weather that offers climbers the best chance of success.The 2019 death toll for 29,000-foot Mount Everest stands at 17, the worst in decades Mountaineering officials say that at least five people have died in recent days after a human traffic jam near the summit of Mount Everest.Don Cash, an American climber who scaled the highest mountains on all continents reportedly died of probable altitude sickness on the way down from Everest.According to Pasang Tenje Sherpa, head of Pioneer Adventures, Cash became ill while at the summit, and was treated after falling numerous times, but later died.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Nestor forms in the Gulf

first_imgThe National Hurricane Center is reporting that the disturbance moving across the Gulf of Mexico has officially developed into a tropical Storm.At 1 pm, Nestor system was located about 195 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River.Tropical force winds and dangerous storm surge is expected along portions of the northern Gulf coast later today and into tonight.Conditions are expected to deteriorate Friday into early Saturday.Some rainfall is possible for our area.last_img