Governor Issues Emergency Disaster Declaration for Ice Storm Damage

first_imgGovernor Issues Emergency Disaster Declaration for Ice Storm DamageMontpelier, VT – As a result of damages suffered in last week’s ice and snow storm throughout Vermont, Governor Douglas has issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for four counties in Vermont.The order allows the state to expedite the arrival of utility crews from other states and Canadian provinces to assist with restoring power. It will also form the basis for an application for federal disaster relief funding if eligibility thresholds are met.”As a result of a storm that impacted most of New England on December 11, 2008, causing excessive and heavy icing and extensive utility damage that is considered ongoing at this time, I hereby declare a State of Emergency for the Counties of Bennington, Orange, Windham and Windsor Counties,” the Governors Executive Order reads.”I further order and direct the activation of the Vermont Emergency Operations Plan and authorize the use of state resources to alleviate hardship and suffering of citizens and communities impacted by the storm and resulting damage and power outages,” the Governor said.Governor Douglas is also urging Vermonters to continue to use caution, assist neighbors with special needs, avoid downed power lines, report outages to their utility company, and alert town officials to damages to personal property. Please report related storm damage costs to Vermont Emergency Management at the number below.Vermonters with questions or concerns can call Vermont Emergency Management at (800) 347-0488.###last_img read more

MLB whiffed like no other sport in its first true challenge of COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgThe U.S.-centric leagues that successfully have resumed play have had issues. MLS had to exclude two of its 26 teams. The NWSL, which completed its Challenge Cup tournament Sunday, had to remove one of its nine. They were prepared, though, to do what was necessary to protect the competition.Major League Baseball failed its first such test, and it failed spectacularly.For that, there is no excuse. We do not know the source of the coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins. Here’s what we do know: We know that they knew. There was a problem, and the Marlins chose to dismiss it. Manager Don Mattingly said publicly that “they never really considered not playing.” And that includes the players, according to shortstop Miguel Rojas, who told the media the team chose to compete.It is a celebrated tradition in sports, the notion of playing hurt. The words “The Flu Game” still resonate among NBA fans nearly a quarter-century later. Baseball has the Bloody Sock. Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonino played two periods of the 2017 Stanley Cup final round against Nashville with a broken leg, after an opponent’s shot struck him in the tibia. This isn’t like that, though, and the Marlins ought to have been smart enough to realize it.MORE: Breaking down MLB’s potential next step after Marlins’ COVID outbreakAnd, more to the point, Major League Baseball should have made it completely clear. In fact, MLB ought not to have given the club a choice in the matter. That four players could test positive prior to Sunday’s game, according to, and the contest still continue is antithetical to the approach necessary to operate a professional sports competition amid an enduring pandemic.The only way anyone is getting through this is with responsibility, vigilance and austerity. MLB failed in all areas in this circumstance, which is not how it has worked to date in other sports that have returned to competition.We do not know how multiple members from both FC Dallas and Nashville SC contracted the virus prior to their arrival in Orlando for the start of the MLS is Back Tournament. We do know how they were handled, though. After nine players from Nashville tested positive, team officials asked whether the remaining players wished to compete. They said they did. MLS said, nah, we’ll get by fine without you. When FC Dallas showed up with 10 players and one staff member testing positive, they were “withdrawn” from the tournament by Major League Soccer.We do not know how the Penguins nearly had an issue with the virus when they returned to training camp earlier this month. Well, we kind of do. As James Taylor sang it in “Her Town, Too,” it was “maybe the friend of a friend of a friend.” Seriously, the Pens held nine players out from the start of workouts, including two-time champion Patric Hornqvist, because they had “contact with an individual who had contact with a person that has tested positive for the COVID-19 practice.”  All of them missed more than a week, though none, according to a league release Tuesday, ever tested positive. In fact, no player in the league has tested positive since camp began, more than 800 players taking 4,256 tests. All clean.MORE: MLB’s coronavirus rules, explainedWhen Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes left the NBA’s bubble to retrieve a food order, he was ordered to quarantine for 10 days before he could rejoin the team. In Germany’s Bundesliga, manager Heiko Herrlich of Augsburg was forced to miss his team’s first game because he left the team hotel to buy toothpaste.last_img read more

LIVE: Malawi 1 Uganda 1 in COSAFA U-20 tourney

first_imgEgypt                                2            2            0            0            3            0            +3              6South Africa                   2            2            0            0            3            0            +3              6Mozambique                 2            0            0            2            0            2            -2              0Mauritius                        2            0            0            2            0            4            -4              0Group C                           P            W          D           L            GF         GA        GD              PtsLesotho                           2            1            1            0            2            1            +1              4Zimbabwe                      2            1            1            0            1            0            +1              4Namibia                          2            1            0            1            2            2            0              3Angola                             2            0            0            2            0            2            -2              0SUNDAY’S RESULTSGroup CNamibia 1 (Hawiseb 64’) Lesotho 2 (Koloti 70’, 76’)Zimbabwe 1 (Nasama 90’) Angola 0 Share on: WhatsApp TOURNAMENT STATSMatches Played: 13Goals scored: 24Biggest victory: Zambia 0 Uganda 2 (Group A, December 6); South Africa 2 Mauritius 0 (Group B, December 7); Egypt 2 Mauritius 0 (Group B, December 9)Most goals in a game: 5 – Swaziland 2 Malawi 3 (Group A, December 6)GOALSCORERS3 goals – Muhammad Shaban (Uganda)2 – Abdelrahman Amr (Egypt), Lyle Foster (South Africa), Order Mamba (Swaziland), Patrick Phiri (Malawi), Raboama Koloti (Lesotho), Muzi Tsabedze (Swaziland)1 – Hussein Abdelkader (Egypt), Peter Banda (Malawi), Romario Hawiseb (Namibia), Luvuyo Mkatshana (South Africa), Enzo Mungendje (Namibia), King Nasama (Zimbabwe), Allan Okello (Uganda), Stephen Mukwala (Uganda0center_img Muhammad Shaban of Uganda (l) celebrates goal with teammates Shafiq Kagimu of Uganda (c) and Stephen Mukwala of Uganda (r) during the 2017 COSAFA U20 football match between Uganda and Swaziland at Arthur Davies Stadium, Kitwe on 8 December 2017. Uganda qualified for the semifinals on Monday without suspended Shaban after a 1-1 draw with Malawi.Kitwe, Zambia | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s Hippos continued their strong showing in the ongoing Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships by becoming the first team to make it to the semifinals on Monday.A tense first half ended 0-0 in Kitwe, before Malawi took the lead in the 70th minute. That lead was soon cancelled by Uganda with Stephen Mukwala finding the all important goal in the winner-takes-all encounter  the Arthur Davies Stadium.Uganda’s Under-20 team, playing as guests, advance with a draw as they have a better goal-difference over the Malawians. With 5 points, Malawi are knocked out of contention for a best loser place.#UGAU20MALU20 TweetsHolders and hosts Zambia are already out of semifinal contention, but will want to defeat Swaziland at the Nkana Stadium to bow out of the competition in style.   That would take them to four points, but short of the top side in the pool, which will be either Uganda or Malawi.The fact that Egypt and South Africa both already have six points in Group B means that Zambia cannot finish as the best-placed runner-up either.On Sunday, a goal in injury-time from King Nasama breathed new life into Zimbabwe’s COSAFA Under-20 Championships campaign as they defeated Angola 1-0 in their Group C encounter at the Nkana Stadium.The win moves Zimbabwe level with Lesotho on four points at the top of the pool after the latter defeated Namibia 2-1 in the earlier game.   Zimbabwe play their final pool match against Namibia, who have three points, on Tuesday, while Lesotho tackle Angola, who are now eliminated.Only the top team in each pool advance to the semifinals, along with the best-placed runner-up.Nasama came off the bench to seal the win for Zimbabwe in the second minute of injury-time when it looked as though the tie was headed for a draw.Jelson had the best chance of the game for the Angolans but blasted his shot over from close-range, while Zimbabwe’s Kudakwashe Mangami had earlier been denied brilliantly by Eduardo.  Earlier, 10-man Lesotho came from a goal down to secure a 2-1 victory over Namibia thanks to a brace from Raboama Koloti.After a goalless first half, in which Lesotho had Relebohile Mobane sent-off for a two-footed challenge, Namibia took the lead when Romario Hawiseb volleyed the ball home after a counter-attack to give his side the lead.Koloti had already missed a number of fine chances for Lesotho before he grabbed the equaliser on 70 minutes as he provided a neat finish having been set free behind the Namibia defence.    And six minutes later he had his side in front, turning his defender to drive the ball low past the Namibia goalkeeper.He might have claimed his hat-trick too, but fire wide of the post after showing good strength to shake off the defender.STANDINGSGroup A                           P            W          D           L            GF         GA        GD              Pts Uganda                            3            1            2            0            5            3            +2Malawi                            3            1            2            0            4            3            +1              5Swaziland                       2            0            1            1            4            5            -1              1Zambia                            2            0            1            1            0            2            -2              1Group B                           P            W          D           L            GF         GA        GD              Ptslast_img read more

Lily May stages a victory march to U16 title

first_img28 Jul 2016 Lily May stages a victory march to U16 title Girl international Lily May Humphreys staged a victory march today, winning the English U16 girls’ open championship by six shots at The Nottinghamshire. Humphreys (image © Leaderboard Photography) was nine-under par for the 72-holes, signing off with today with rounds of two-under 70 and 71. She adds this to the English U14 title which she won last year. Afterwards the 14-year-old from Channels in Essex revealed: “I just really like winning, once I think I can win I’m determined to do it and really disappointed if I don’t.” She also confessed to being slightly disappointed because she hadn’t achieved one of her championship goals of getting to double figures under par! “I was three-over par for the last six holes. I’d played really well before that but just had this mad half hour. “But I also wanted to finish all my rounds under par and I did that, so that’s good,” said Humphreys who scored 70, 68, 70, 71. The 72-hole championship developed into a title tussle between Humphreys and her England team-mate Amelia Williamson, who was the runner-up on three-under par. Williamson, from Royal Cromer, was the first round leader with her opening 68.  Humphreys then moved two shots ahead after the second round and didn’t let go. The players were still two shots apart after the third round, but in the final round Humphreys got off to a quick start, reaching the turn in four-under par while Williamson was two-over. Williamson, 16, narrowed the gap on the back nine, but by then Humphreys was too far ahead to be caught. Her verdict on the week: “I kept the ball in play most of the time and my holing out was good. I took my chances out there to make a lot of birdies and I tried to keep as many bogeys as possible off my card. I did a fairly good job of that.” Third place was taken by Anna Zanusso of Italy on level par. Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Pittsburgh Oldtimers capture championship in Cincinnati

first_imgMASTERS BRING HOME THE GOLD—The City of Champions spoke loud and proud once again as the Pittsburgh Old Timers captured the American Old Timers League Championship for the 2013 season. Pittsburgh defeated Westerville, Ohio 79-70 Saturday, April 20 in Cincinnati to bring the title back to “The Burgh” for the 4th time in the twenty-five year history of the league. Former NCAA standout and Detroit Piston tryout as well as Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League champion, All-Star and MVP, Thomas “Bum” Coates, was named MVP. Greg Harris was leading scorer and Ken Roebuck was the leading rebounder. Pictured team members, not in order: Tom “Bum” Coates, James Larkins, Mike Whitelock, Vincent Whitelock, Ken Roebuck, Greg Harris, Tyrone Curtis, Wayne “Spud” Jenkins, Lenny Franklin, Alvin Turner, Bill Williams, Mike Dean, Mitch Davenport, Prentice Parrish, League Commissioner; and Jerome “Preacher” Smith. Not pictured team members: Clarence “Hop” Hopson, Mitch James and Ron Moore.last_img read more

Levy wants Tottenham’s transfer business completed at start of the summer

first_img Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy 1 Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has admitted he would ideally like the club to conclude all of their transfer business at the start of the summer.The north London club secured Europa League football for next season after finishing fifth under manager Mauricio Pochettino and quickly moved to secure the signing of defender Kevin Wimmer from FC Koln for an undisclosed fee.Taking part in a question and answer session alongside Pochettino on the club’s official Facebook page, Levy said: “Every club wants to do their business early but there are always three parties involved. Since the transfer window came [in] most of the transactions take place in the final two weeks of the window.“As has always been the case, the coach always makes the final decision [over transfers].”In a reply to one fan, Pochettino added: “We need the right balance in the team [over signings]. It’s not about age, it’s about the right profile of player for the team.”last_img read more

‘Schools deserve better’ – Education leaders in Donegal slam Budget 2020

first_imgEducation leaders in Donegal have slammed today’s budget saying school leaders and pupils have been ‘short-changed’. The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) led a nationwide campaign to ensure that every politician in Dail Eireann was educated on the challenges facing our primary education system.School leaders say class sizes are supersized, leaders are not supported, and the system grossly underfunds the running of primary schools to the tune of €46 million per year. West Donegal native and INTO Secretary-General, John Boyle, said: “Ireland’s national ambition to become the best education and training service in Europe by 2026 can’t be secured if our pupils and school leaders are not adequately supported.“Our school leaders deserve better – we need to see a restoration of assistant principal posts in our schools and teaching principals need a minimum of one leadership and management day per week.John BoyleBoyle added: “Despite acknowledging the class size differential in small schools and the school funding challenges facing all of our primary schools, today’s budget will do little to lower class sizes to eurozone levels or reduce the funding pressures facing schools.”“Regrettably, in the first school year of the new decade, class sizes in Irish primary schools will still be the largest in the Eurozone. “Ireland’s expenditure on primary education will remain in the bottom half of the European league and primary school leadership will continue to be neglected.”“Our prudent and legitimate calls for a reduction of one pupil in all classes, the restoration of school capitation to pre-recession levels of €200 per pupil and supports for primary principals including middle leadership teams and more administrative release time have been ignored by the government.“We simply cannot become the best if we fail to invest in the best.”‘Schools deserve better’ – Education leaders in Donegal slam Budget 2020 was last modified: October 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Beethoven: It All Began With a Thump

first_imgLive Science in all seriousness, “When monkeys drum, they activate brain networks linked with communication, new findings that suggest a common origin of primate vocal and nonvocal communication systems and shed light on the origins of language and music.”    Choi reported on work at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics to determine if ape drumming activates the brain centers related to human speech and music.  Here’s what Christoph Kayser thinks: Monkeys respond to drumming sounds as they would to vocalizations.  Hence, drumming originated as a form of expression or communication, possibly in an ancestral species common to apes and old-world monkeys, early during primate evolution…. Humans convey information not only using speech, but also using other sounds that range in diversity from loud hand-clapping as applause, to the discrete knocking on a door before entering, to drumming that forms an important part of music.Monkey drumming activates some of the same portions of the temporal lobe that responds to screeching.  In human brains, the temporal lobe is “key to processing meaning in both speech and vision.”  That can only mean one thing, said Choi: since humans and macaques are “thought to have had a common ancestor about 25 million years ago,” then obviously, “The discovery of drumming in rhesus macaques offers a way to examine what brain regions were linked with nonvocal communication, such as music in humans.”  These ideas made it into the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.There’s that favorite phrase of the Darwinians: that incessant, insufferable empty promise that such-and-such a non-sequitur may “shed light” on evolution.  It’s futile to squint and hope.  Evolution is a black hole that swallows all the light shed into it.  That’s why the light is “shed” (i.e., wasted).    We’re going to have so much fun when the Darwin idol falls re-reading the stupid things they said.  To celebrate this SEQOTW winner, go watch Ringo and the cave people invent music on YouTube.  Even funnier is that the Darwinists think it’s what really happened.  Be sure to sober up afterwards by listening to some Bach, Beethoven or Brahms.  Then ponder the degeneration of human gifts into mindless drumming and storytelling.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — January 31, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180131_RyanMartinA few changes to the near term forecast this morning, but the rest of the pattern remains unchanged. Today we have strong southwest winds that bring temps well above normal. We expect highs this afternoon to be 10-20 degrees above normal statewide. Winds will average 15-30 mph and will be very gusty. This is just indicative of a dramatic temperature and pressure change, something we see easily with a strong front.However, the front continues to shed moisture, and it now looks like we see little to no precipitation in Ohio from the frontal passage. We have a wind shift and a drop in temps tomorrow, but basically no moisture, only clouds. There may be some action in far south and southeast Ohio after midday today, but it will stay close to the river, and by the same token, we can see some snow develop after sunset tomorrow night, but it will be near the river as well. Heavy precipitation stays in KY and lifts into WV. We see nothing in most areas here.Behind the front, cold air returns with another quick moving high tracking across Ohio. This sets up in NW Ohio Friday morning. Strong north winds will keep the cold top of mind and trigger some wind chills. Temperatures Saturday morning will be approaching zero over the northern most parts of the state, with single digits and low teens to the south.Snow returns for Saturday late afternoon into Sunday with another fast moving system. In fact, this system is coming a little faster, and has less moisture to work with. Snow still can be seen in all areas of the state, as the freezing line will be down near the Ohio River through the day.  We will leave snow totals the same for now, but would suggest that many areas will be in the bottom half of our coating to 2 inch range. We still will leave the top end open on snows in NE Ohio, as there still is a great lake effect set up..Cold air remains on Monday, and we have a clipper bringing another brief spat of snow into the state on Tuesday. There we can see another coating to an inch over 60% of the state. Temps behind that clipper get colder and we could see some single digit to near zero readings for Wednesday morning. The rest of the week stays below normal.To start the extended period, we have another clipper bringing a chance of snow accumulation late the 8th into the 9th, but it may favor accumulations more in Michigan than farther south and east. Another clipper moves in for the afternoon of the 10th, and a stronger system for the 12th. There is nothing this morning that would direct thoughts away from an active pattern to start February.last_img read more

How Safe are Facebook Applications?

first_imgRecently, Roger Thompson, chief research officer at security firm AVG, discovered over half a dozen Facebook applications that had been compromised by malicious hackers. Although the apps’ reach was small with relatively few users being affected, Thompson was concerned because it was the first time he had seen apps themselves hacked as opposed to something like Facebook profile pages, a common target for the still-spreading Koobface worm. While this incident alone wouldn’t generate much excitement given the low-profile nature of the applications affected, it’s not the only example of unsafe applications on Facebook. Another researcher just spent an entire month scouring Facebook apps for security vulnerabilities and what he found is disturbing: six of the hacked apps were in the top ten, 9700 applications were affected, and the potential victims totaled 218 million users. Hacked Apps Found Forcing Malicious Software on UsersIn the case of the hacked Facebook apps found by AVG, the apps had been compromised by the use of “iframes,” which are bits of code embedded in the applications themselves. The iframes were able to load content from malicious websites into the applications’ pages on, directing app users to install software on their computers by purporting to be an update for an out-of-date Adobe Reader product. Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos At first, Thompson thought the apps had been hacked by the developers, but as it turned out, it was the developers who were the victims. After looking at the source code for the apps in question, Thompson found that the iframes had been injected into the apps’ code due to infected software on the developers’ PCs. Facebook quickly reacted to the situation and took down the compromised apps while also contacted the developers to warn them of the issue. Thousands of Apps Vulnerable to AttacksWhile hacked Facebook apps may still be a bit of a rarity today on the popular social network, security vulnerabilities that could lead to malicious attacks are not. After spending a month on Facebook looking for application bugs, another security researcher made some disturbing findings. Specifically, the researcher, who goes only by the handle “theharmonyguy” online, was looking for a specific vulnerability he referred to as a “FAXX Hack.” FAXX stands for “Facebook Application + XSS + XSRF” or, in other words, a cross-site scripting vulnerability – a certain type of security hole that could allow a hacker to access profile information, including personal details, status updates, and photos of a victimized user and their friends.The findings showed that many Facebook applications, even those that were widely used and considered trustworthy, lacked basic security precautions. There were some 9700 Facebook applications which were affected by vulnerabilities and nineteen of the applications in question had passed through Facebook’s “Verified Application” program, a sort of “stamp of approval” designed to assure Facebook users of an app’s general trustworthiness. Among the apps, six were ranked in the top ten by monthly active users including FarmVille, Causes, LivingSocial, Movies, Farm Town, and YoVille. The collective monthly active users counts for all the hacked apps totaled 218 million. However, that previous figure does include overlaps. Also, seven of the top ten application developers on Facebook were found to host at least one vulnerable app. (Note: the 9700 number may seem large but that’s due to one vulnerability found in the “Make a Gift!” application. Make a Gift! lets users create their own custom applications for sending gifts, and the myriad of resulting applications are all hosted from the same server.)While discovering the bugs, the researcher contacted each application developer to make him or her aware of the hole. For the most part, developers responded quickly and took the situation seriously. However, several developers took a while longer to respond. Nine took over a week to patch their application and one even took two weeks. And those delays were not due to the complexity of the required patches – these were, in terms of coding, simple fixes. What’s most concerning about these findings is how widespread the problem was. Unlike the apps AVG discovered, this wasn’t a minor, isolated incident affecting a small handful of users. Although the apps in question here were just vulnerable to attacks as opposed to being comprised themselves, it shows how risky it is to use any application, Facebook Verified or not. Is Any App Safe?On top of all these security issues, in August many Facebook users were surprised to discover the vast amounts of personal information they were revealing by their use of Facebook quizzes. Even if you limit access to your profile through privacy settings, Facebook quiz applications can see everything on your profile page when you take a quiz…or even when your friend takes one. To make matters worse, Facebook does not screen developers for trustworthiness nor do they require developers to comply with a privacy policy. With hacked apps, security vulnerabilities, lack of privacy policies, and apps that can read your private profile information, one has to wonder if using any Facebook application is appropriate and safe these days. Update: Facebook’s response: “Developers on Facebook Platform must comply with Platform Policy Guidelines, which require that applications provide a trustworthy user experience. Similarly, applications must post their own privacy policy if they collect any user information. We enforce these guidelines through spot checks and have disabled thousands of apps that we found in violation. We also encourage users to report suspicious apps and practice caution with all of their online activity.” Related Posts sarah perezlast_img read more