Scoreboard roundup — 8/26/20

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events: MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLINTERLEAGUEChi White Sox 10, Pittsburgh 3Atlanta 5, NY Yankees 1Atlanta 2, NY Yankees 1Detroit 7, Chi Cubs 6St. Louis 6 Kansas City 5Seattle at San Diego (Postponed)AMERICAN LEAGUEToronto 9, Boston 1Tampa Bay 4, Baltimore 3Cleveland 6, Minnesota 3Oakland 3, Texas 1LA Angels at Houston (Postponed)NATIONAL LEAGUEPhiladelphia 3, Washington 2NY Mets 5, Miami 4Colorado 8, Arizona 7LA Dodgers at San Francisco (Postponed)Cincinnati at Milwaukee (Postponed)NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSMiami at Indiana (Unnecessary) (Miami wins 4-0)Orlando at Milwaukee (Postponed) (Milwaukee leads 3-1)Oklahoma City Houston (Postponed) (Series tied 2-2)Portland at LA Lakers (Postponed) (LA Leads 3-1)NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFSPhiladelphia 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT) (Series Tied 1-1)Tampa Bay 7, Boston 1 (Tampa Bay leads 2-1)Colorado 6, Dallas 4 (Dallas leads 2-1)WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONWashington at Atlanta (Postponed)Los Angeles at Minnesota (Postponed)Connecticut at Phoenix (Postponed)MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCEROrlando City 3, Nashville 1Atlanta at Montreal (Canceled)Atlanta at Miami (Canceled)Colorado at FC Dallas (Canceled)Los Angeles FC at Real Salt Lake (Canceled)Vancouver at Los Angeles FC (Canceled)Portland at San Jose (Canceled)Seattle at LA Galaxy (Canceled)Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img August 27, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 8/26/20last_img read more

Iranian Navy’s Submarines Finish First Mission

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Iranian Navy’s Submarines Finish First Mission View post tag: finish View post tag: Iranian July 5, 2011 View post tag: Mission View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Submarines Iranian Navy’s Submarines Finish First Mission View post tag: Navy’s View post tag: first The Iranian Navy’s submarines accomplished their first mission in the high seas and returned home on Monday…(farsnews)[mappress]Source: farsnews, July 5, 2011; Share this articlelast_img read more

Appreciation from the Friends of St. Francis

first_imgCINDY MACONPresidentFriends of Saint Francis Organization To the Editor:The members of the Friends of Saint Francis Organization of Bayonne extend sincere appreciation to the many friends, colleagues, and businesses for their participation in our “Country Western Springtime Jamboree” dinner party hosted in April and for assisting our volunteer efforts to uphold the Franciscan values of rendering service and support to charitable causes in the community, locally, and at-large.We are most thankful for the generosity of so many individuals and families who made the event both memorable and successful. We also take this opportunity to offer a special thank you to the Bayonne Community News staff for its consideration in publishing our pre-event plans.The members of the Friends of Saint Francis gratefully acknowledge all those who joined us in “lending a hand” to “lift the hearts” of those in need. The benevolent spirit willingly shared by the event participants and our friends, near and far, continually encourages our volunteerism and enables us to accomplish and surpass our team goals. We look forward to another productive year.last_img read more

A vision of education for Kenya

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.When Anne Bholene Akinyi Odera-Awuor, Ed.M.’13, boarded a plane in Nairobi last September, she left behind a busy life as an English and education lecturer in her native Kenya. Ahead was a year’s study at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, “a really high platform, a place of respect,” she said —  all the more so because it would help her grand plan to change how schools operate in Kenya.The Texas-size African nation has an educational system of rote learning, large classes, ironclad bureaucracy, and no provision for slow learners. (Awuor’s 12-year-old son is in that camp. “It was a bewildering situation,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do about it for a long time.”) Her dream is Kivulini, an education policy center based on a tutoring and support group that she founded last year. In Kiswahili, the word means “in the shade,” she said, as in “a metaphoric shade” cast by the mediocre elementary education in parts of Kenya. Explaining the scale of the task facing her, Awuor said, “It will be like moving a cemetery.”Last fall, as soon as Awuor’s plane touched down in Boston, culture shock rolled in. For one thing, she still looked at the world in terms of the Kenyan shilling; you can get 85 of them for an American dollar. Awuor went to a Cambridge restaurant, ordered a sandwich, and got the bill: $12. “I am having a room for lunch,” she thought. In parts of Nairobi, Awuor explained, room rent for a month costs the same as an American sandwich.Then cold weather set in. She priced a winter coat: $200. For that kind of money, she thought, “I could just go buy land,” and right there decided that her sweatshirt would be enough. But then came winter itself. “My God, I shed tears,” in the cold, she said.There were other weather shocks, like learning to walk on ice, and other culture shocks, like learning how to register for classes online. (She asked: “How are you supposed to choose from this world, this encyclopedia, of courses?”) In addition, Awuor had been trained in a discursive style of expression in Kenya’s British-inspired schools, so she had to contend with the hurdle of American writing. “You go straight into what you mean to say,” she said, still puzzled. “Where’s the romance?”But every bump along the way has been worth it, said Awuor. She arrived shy and is leaving with confidence and a new knack for collaborative learning. She arrived a Kenyan and is leaving a citizen of the world, armed with examples of teacher training and classroom strategies that work in other countries. (Her favorite: Finland.)Born prematurely in1972, Awuor struggled so much in her first month of life that she was not even named. The doctors told her father, “What for?” But as soon as the tide turned, “that’s the moment I latched on to my dad’s heart,” she said. He then named her “Akinyi,” a name that means “dawn,” a symbol of new beginnings.“I have accumulated some velocity,” said Awuor of her Harvard experience, which, thanks to a WorldTeach internship, she will extend at least into the fall. “It has made me feel irreverent about my pursuit of excellence. Before, I didn’t want to be so forward, so loud about what I believe. I’m not like that anymore. I’m like: ‘This is what has to be done.’ ”last_img read more

Blendon discusses Affordable Care Act

first_img Read Full Story Robert Blendon, senior associate dean for policy translation and leadership development and Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health, recently spoke with the website Medpage Today for its “Conversations with …” video interview series.Blendon discussed still-unresolved questions around the Affordable Care Act, such as where payment will come from for physicians providing care to the more than 35 million newly insured Americans, in an interview posted July 6, 2013. He also spoke about how the law known as Obamacare may affect the 2014 Congressional elections. Watch video.last_img read more

Even ‘green’ homes contain hazardous chemicals

first_img Read Full Story Thirty remodeled “green” public housing units in Boston were each found to have at least one toxic chemical — including concentrations of formaldehyde that exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s cancer-based screening level — in the air both before and after renovation, according to a new study by Silent Spring Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues. The findings could lead to tighter green building standards and healthier housing, especially for low-income communities.The study was published online Sept. 12, 2017, in the journal Environment International.The researchers collected air and dust samples from inside the newly-renovated, eco-friendly subsidized housing units. As a result, they now have a better idea of which chemicals are from building materials, and which are from personal items people bring into their homes — such as antimicrobials, plastics, fragrances, and items with flame retardants.“Synthetic chemicals are ubiquitous in modern life,” said co-author Gary Adamkiewicz, assistant professor of environmental health and exposure disparities at Harvard Chan School, in a Sept. 19, 2017 Reuters Health article. “They’re in new housing, old housing, green housing, conventional housing and high- and low-income housing.”In a press release he said, “Many factors shape environmental exposures for low-income families living in multifamily housing. These families are also burdened with higher rates of asthma and other diseases linked with environmental contaminants. This study helps to shed light on the factors that shape these exposures.”“By honing in on the sources of indoor air pollutants, we can develop better strategies for reducing our everyday exposures. And hopefully, this will encourage manufacturers to invest in designing healthier building materials,” said lead author Robin Dodson, research scientist at the Silent Spring Institute and a visiting scientist in Harvard Chan School’s Exposure, Epidemiology and Risk Program.Read the Reuters Health article: Energy-efficient green buildings may emit hazardous chemicalsRead the Silent Spring Institute’s press release: Air quality in “green” housing affected by toxic chemicals in building materials‘Green’ buildings appear to boost health of low-income residents (Harvard Chan School news)last_img read more

Professor joins risk assessment committee

first_imgEarlier this month, the National Academy of Sciences selected a Notre Dame professor to join a risk assessment committee evaluating plans for a new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) animal disease research facility. Ahsan Kareem, the Robert Moran Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, will use his expertise in wind engineering to assess how the building would withstand natural disasters. “One looks at scenarios to be sure the basic safety steps are built in,” Kareem said. According to the DHS website, Kareem will work with 16 experts on the committee considering plans for the Planned National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), to be built in Manhattan, Kansas. The building will house those conducting research, creating vaccines and medications for livestock and training professionals to respond to diseases spread from animal-to-animal and from animals-to-human. Because the NBAF will contain strains of viruses like Foot and Mouth Disease and Classical Swine Fever, it is of the upmost importance that the building withstands natural disasters. Kareem serves on the second committee to review the NBAF. The first committee’s recommendation lead to the revised plan currently under consideration, he said. “In this case, if the building collapses, it is a serious problem,” Kareem said. Kareem said final funding from Congress rests on the recommendation of the committee on how the building would fare in probable risks. The committee also contains veterinarians, microbiologists, meteorologists and risk-assessment specialists. “It’s a politically hard item because it is mandated by Congress, and they want to make sure everything goes well,” he said. “Whenever Congress wants an unbiased opinion they go to an academy.” Kareem said the appointment process selected completely unbiased members, as the Academy of Science posted nominees’ biographies online for public objection and circulated the list of members to relevant interest groups. The Academy does not compensate the experts in order to ensure the accuracy of the recommendation, he said. “Everything is in the open; it’s very transparent,” he said. The facility’s location in Manhattan, Kansas, the heart of tornado alley, makes the building extremely susceptible to tornadoes, he said. “Manhattan is an area where there have been strong tornadoes. Anytime, anything can happen … One must look at the risk … of tornado strength,” Kareem said. “Then we look at the structure to find the weak links.” The DHS website explained that despite the risk of tornados, the NBAF will benefit from this location on the campus of Kansas State University, the location of existing facilities for similar bio-security research. It will also be near a major hub of the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. Kareem was selected for his expertise on the impact of high winds and other natural phenomenon, he said. Kareem investigated the collapse of a scissor-lift on campus that killed junior Declan Sullivan in 2010, and has explored buildings that have failed in hurricanes. He has also served for six years on a committee on natural disasters for the Academy of Sciences, he said. “In our profession, you have to do these kinds of things if asked,” he said. The committee will meet next week to make its final recommendation on the project, which is projected to be operational in 2020. Although this project for the DHS is more sensitive and classified than other projects, Kareem said he uses the same methodology when considering the NBAF plans. “What is the possibility of something happening, what are the consequences, and how do those consequences affect society,” Kareem said.last_img read more

Hani Furstenberg to Take Over From Gayle Rankin in Cabaret on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Furstenberg’s screen credits include The Loneliest Planet, Yossi & Jagger and Campfire. She will be joining Alan Cumming, Emma Stone, Linda Emond, Bill Heck and Aaron Krohn in the production. Cabaret Cabaret marks the return of director Sam Mendes and co-director/choreographer Rob Marshall, who have recreated their Tony Award-nominated direction and choreography of the 1998 production. Studio 54 is transformed into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy 1930s Berlin nightclub where a young English cabaret performer (Stone) encounters an American writer (Heck), under the watchful eye of a zealous Master of Ceremonies (Cumming). The John Kander and Fred Ebb musical features such iconic tunes as “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” “Maybe This Time,” and “Cabaret.” View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Hani Furstenberg is coming to the Cabaret! She will make her Broadway debut on December 22 in the role of Fraulein Kost, replacing Gayle Rankin. Rankin will play her final performance in the Roundabout revival on December 21. The musical will play through March 29, 2015.last_img read more

Indonesia reports another avian flu death

first_imgMay 31, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 15-year-old boy in West Java has become Indonesia’s latest avian flu fatality, according to news reports that cited local tests.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that in the remote North Sumatra village that witnessed a large family cluster of avian flu cases, no cases suggestive of H5N1 infection have been detected since May 22.The 15-year-old boy, who was from Tasikmalaya, West Java, was admitted to a hospital May 29 and died yesterday, according to a Reuters story today. If his death is confirmed by a WHO laboratory in Hong Kong, his will be the 49th case and 37th death in Indonesia. About two thirds of those cases have occurred this year.Government officials said that the teen had contact with infected poultry and that his own chickens died about 2 weeks ago, according to Reuters. In addition, the report said, the boy’s grandfather was a chicken farmer who had 40 chickens that died recently.The boy represents the third recent H5N1 fatality from West Java province. A 10-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother died last week in Bandung, which is about 55 miles northwest of Tasikmalaya.Today’s WHO update on the case cluster in Kubu Simbelang village, Karo District, North Sumatra, states that 54 family members and other close contacts remain under home quarantine. In addition, investigators have been conducting house-to-house surveillance for flu-like symptoms throughout the 400 or so households in the village, and a surveillance command post was set up in the village last week.With all this monitoring in place, no new cases resembling avian flu have been identified in Kubu Simbelang over the last 9 days, the WHO reports. This finding is important, the agency says, because it indicates that the H5N1 strain has not spread beyond members of the single extended family.Today’s WHO update also provides further details on the history of the case cluster.As noted in previous reports, the original family member to fall ill was a 37-year-old woman who is considered the index case, though samples from her body were not collected before she was buried. According to today’s report, she started showing symptoms consistent with avian flu April 24 and died May 4.She sold fruit and chilies at a market stand about 50 feet (15 m) from a stand that sold live chickens, according to the WHO. She also kept a small flock of backyard chickens, which she allowed into the house at night. Three of these chickens reportedly died before she became ill. She also used chicken feces to fertilize her garden.The woman had one sister and three brothers. The sister and two of the brothers contracted H5N1, and one of the brothers is the only infected family member to survive.The family members who died of avian flu include the 37-year-old’s two teenaged sons, her sister’s 18-month-old girl, and a 10-year-old son of the brother who died.On April 29, according to today’s update, nine family members spent the night in the same small room as the index patient when she was severely ill and coughing heavily. Five to 6 days later, three family members experienced symptoms. These were her two teenaged sons and the surviving brother, who was from a village 6 miles away.The sister of the initial patient developed symptoms at the same time, as did the sister’s 18-month-old daughter. The sister, who lived in an adjacent house, cared for the index patient, accompanied by her young daughter.The 10-year-old boy lived next door to the 37-year-old woman and was a frequent visitor in her house. His father, the woman’s brother, was the final fatality (May 22) and had tended his son throughout his hospital stay from May 9 through May 13.The WHO report also says that a parallel agricultural investigation still has not detected H5N1 virus in about 80 samples from area animals and chicken fertilizer, meaning that the initial source of the outbreak remains unknown.See also:WHO’s Indonesia cluster updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_31/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Sunday, Feb. 24

first_imgVaccinations protect society from harmIn response to Emily Lewis’s Feb. 18 letter in which she asks the question “Who gets hurt by people that don’t get vaccinated,” I would like, as a pharmacist with over 25 years’ experience, to offer an answer:Everyone.Yes, if you are vaccinated you are protected, but not everyone is able to be. There are several reasons a person may not be vaccinated, such as allergies and other underlying medical conditions. But how does this affect me, you may ask. I’m vaccinated. Well for one, who do you think pays to treat these unvaccinated people? Do you know how many reported cases of polio originated in the United States since 1979? Zero, nada, none ,zippo however you want to put it.Do you know why? Vaccines work. Sometimes there aren’t two sides to an issue, like the world is not flat. And contrary to what Jenny McCarthy thinks, vaccines are safe and effective.If you’re still not convinced and choose to not vaccinate your children, please consider moving to some isolated island. This will not only guarantee your safety, but it will guarantee ours.Daniel LangeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Downstate socialists defeated capitalismThe New York Democrats’ new socialist-wing chickens have come home to roost.Amazon’s $3 billion in tax incentives would’ve brought $27 billion back in state tax revenue, plus 25,000 jobs with an average salary of $150,000.This deal was not only good for downstaters, but the $27 billion in tax revenue would’ve benefited all of New York state. Instead, we have an amateur hour, ex-bartender turned socialist, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, celebrating that a polluted swamp will remain a polluted swamp. She’s happy because history shows socialism always fails when people’s economic status improves. Socialism only thrives when people have no other source of means than handouts from a central state government. Around half of the 38 million Americans on food stamps are children. The program provides an average of $1.40 per person, per meal.There’s enough money for war and tax breaks for the rich and multi-national corporations. It’s immoral to slash programs sustaining children and people with disabilities and/or little to no opportunity, while funding programs that enrich entities profiting from exploitation and war. Cutting food stamp programs vital to many is inhumane and causes more suffering and social problems. As an American brought up to value my fellow human beings, I will never approve of treating people dispassionately, especially those less fortunate due to bad luck, health or circumstance. We’re all connected and interdependent, and we should treat each other with care, not cruelty.Terri RobenGlenville From Stalin to Hugo Chavez, history’s socialists have only stayed in power because their economies evaporated, and the people became dependent on government programs. The New York State Senate under Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Michael Gianaris is now obviously in the control of far-left Democrats that favor socialism over capitalism. Even Democrat-leaning Newsday on Long Island is predicting the newly elected Democrat “Long Island Six” will not be returned to Albany next election.Thousands of recent Long Island graduates were counting on those high-tech job opportunities. It’s 2010 all over again for the Democratic state Senate.The other group to blame here are the New York City unions, which are nothing more than self-serving crime families.I’ve been a union delegate down there. They don’t care about their members. They care about the dues that afford them six-figure salaries, expense accounts, free trips to tropical conventions, nepotism, free vehicles, etc. When it comes time to actually represent a member, they can’t. They’ve lined their own pockets in back-room deals with management and are now compromised.Amazon had agreed to use union construction workers. The New York City construction trades have now lost hundreds of jobs and millions in salaries. Union workers for UPS, FEDEX, etc. would’ve multiplied also.The New York City Council members are all bought and paid for by the retail workers union and other unions. Good for Amazon; they avoided nothing but trouble. Let them build their HQ2 in states that still represent the traditional working values of America. Graham HigginsSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWe must treat each other with kindnessIn this richest nation on Earth live large numbers of people needing food pantries and food stamps just to get by.Parents with low-paying jobs sometimes are cut off from food stamps, though their job doesn’t pay enough for adequate amounts of food for a family. Children are deemed ineligible for school meal programs when parents find work.  Being employed doesn’t always mean making enough to cover all expenses.last_img read more