‘Free Mumia’ fight continues

first_imgRachel Wolkenstein speaking.A pair of forums titled “The Fight to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Continues” were held in San Francisco and Oakland on Oct. 27 and 28. The featured speaker was Rachel Wolkenstein, one of Mumia’s lawyers during his long and successful fight to get off of death row. More recently, victory was achieved in getting Mumia lifesaving hepatitis C medication, as the state was trying to kill him by medical neglect.Now the fight has turned to the real possibility of a new trial. A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling is the basis for Mumia’s present lawyers to argue that Mumia has been denied due process. That’s because former Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald Castille, now a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, has refused to step down from hearing appeals and motions in cases, including Mumia’s, in which he had been involved as a prosecutor. The current DA’s office is stonewalling the court orders requiring the release of related documents.The meeting was sponsored by the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal and endorsed by Workers World Party, Justice for Palestinians, the Leonard Peltier Support Group, Donna Wallach, the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee, Alameda County Peace and Freedom Party, Taking Aim, Socialist Viewpoint, Bay Area National Lawyers Guild, Mobilization To Free Mumia, Kiilu Nyasha, Freedom Socialist Party, the International Bolshevik Tendency and the Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Suspect assaults student, tries to steal purse

first_imgMajority of faculty votes yes on DEI ballot Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Linkedin Taylor Boser TCU police vehicle Previous article2019 Fort Worth Budget: Burglar alarms spike in fees for commercial enterprisesNext articleHoroscope: January 23, 2019 Taylor Boser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Counseling available as TCU mourns a student’s death + posts Twitter Facebook Facebook CASA of Tarrant County advocates for children in foster care I am a senior journalism major from the great city of Chicago. Watching E! News while eating a Chipotle burrito is my favorite pastime. Go Cowboys! ReddIt Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Linkedin printA TCU student was assaulted Saturday evening during an attempted robbery.The TCU Police received a robbery call around 7:45 p.m., according to the case report.The student, who asked not to be identified, told police a man assaulted her as she was walking to her apartment in the 2800 block of Parmer Avenue. She said the man hit her twice on the right side of her face and pulled on the straps of her purse.She said she held on to it while falling to the ground and the man couldn’t steal it.She said she didn’t see the man’s face and could only tell police he was a gray hooded jacket.The campus was notified of the crime early Sunday and reminded to report any suspicious activity to the TCU Police, call 817-257-7777. Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Islamic State frees photographer in prisoner swap with Kurds

first_img Receive email alerts September 25, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Islamic State frees photographer in prisoner swap with Kurds RSF_en Follow the news on Syria Help by sharing this information News March 8, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News News Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Islamic State has released Massoud Aqeel, a photographer kidnapped nine months ago in the mainly Kurdish northeastern region of Syria known as Rojava together with reporter Farhad Hamo, who is still being held hostage. to go further February 3, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Organisation Aqeel was freed on 21 September as part of an exchange of prisoners between Islamic State and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). Reporters Without Borders urges the Kurdish authorities to do everything possible to obtain Hamo’s release.Aqeel and Hamo were in Rojava on assignment for Rudaw, a TV station based in Iraqi Kurdistan, when Islamic State fighters kidnapped them on the road between Qameshli and Til Kocher on 15 December.Ranked 177th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Syria is the world’s most dangerous countries for media personnel, with at least 47 journalists and 139 netizens (online information providers) killed since the start of the conflict in March 2011.At least 30 journalists and netizens continue to be held by the Syrian government while at least 29 other journalists (including six foreigners) are either missing or being held hostage by Islamic State or other armed extremist groups. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists last_img read more

Emerging Shadow Pandemic During COVID-19: Domestic Violence

first_imgColumnsEmerging Shadow Pandemic During COVID-19: Domestic Violence Shreyasi Singh1 May 2020 8:34 AMShare This – x”Significant numbers of the world’s population are routinely subject to torture, starvation, terrorism, humiliation, mutilation, and even murder simply because they are female. Crimes such as these against any group other than women would be recognized as a civil and political emergency as well as a gross violation of the victim’s humanity.” – Charlotte Bunch 1-…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”Significant numbers of the world’s population are routinely subject to torture, starvation, terrorism, humiliation, mutilation, and even murder simply because they are female. Crimes such as these against any group other than women would be recognized as a civil and political emergency as well as a gross violation of the victim’s humanity.” – Charlotte Bunch 1- Introduction- Viral diseases are among the world’s leading causes of morbidity and mortality. The 2019 outbreak of COVID 19 in Wuhan, China has in no time spread globally. Our nation is facing a strange time battling the mushrooming pandemic. The government has imposed a nationwide lockdown and mandated strict observance of social distancing. However, one of the backlashing impacts of the stay-at-home orders is the surge in Violence against women and girls (VAWG) specifically the looming cases Domestic Violence (DV). India, however, is not the only country. VAWG is a universal issue, with great impact on victims/survivors, their families, and communities. According to the World Health Organization, one in every three women across the globe experience physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. In this time of crisis, DV cases have seen a blunt upheaval across the globe. Such an increase is, however, not a new trend, instead, women tend to be at greater risks during such health disasters and pandemics like the Ebola outbreak or The Great Depression. The reason for this heightened violent and compulsive controlling behaviours is the economic hardships that people face in general along with cramped and confined living conditions. As Phumzile has stated, “a shadow pandemic is growing crimes against women” , DV has become both a public health and human rights crisis. According to the UN Women report, Lebanon, Malaysia and China have witnessed a 2-fold and a threefold increase respectively. Alongside increased reports, greater complexity of violence is observed. Australia had shockingly revealed a 40 percent rise with 70 percent increased severity. Argentina, France, Cyprus, and Singapore too have registered a significant rise in helpline requests. This, however, presents one side of the coin, wherein the upsurge is visible. There exists yet another constantly looming fear on the other side. It pertains to poverty-ridden countries or where the outbreak has reached its zenith. In these places’ the requests have seen a sharp dip. Italy, for example, has reported 55 percent fewer calls. North France saw similar decline. India has overlooked the problem of DV since time immemorial with the state condoning it as a “private” matter. According to reports, from 2001- 2012, 45-50 percent of all crimes categorized as being specifically “against women” was “cruelty by husband or his relative”. Moreover, according to the Crime in India Report 2018, a woman is subjected to DV every 4.4 minutes. DV though is not committed against women only, but it has been the most ubiquitous constant in women’s lives. Also referred to as “intimate terrorism”, it is one of the most blatant expressions of patriarchy. Women are often caught in the “sticky floor and the glass ceiling”. The primary reason is the prevalence of cultural and religious orthodoxy and social norms which have the rooted tendency of “keeping women in their place”. These underpinnings have led to division in gender roles and power dynamics. Interestingly though, it has taken a pandemic of this variety to finally end the eerie silence over the issue. The NCW reported that between the beginning of March to the start of April, a total of 310 grievances of DV along with 885 complaints for other forms of violence against women are reported. Through the course of this article, I have dealt with DV amidst the outbreak of COVID 19. I start by putting forth the steps taken by the government to prevent DV alongside pandemic. I then try to analyse whether these steps are in balance with “Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005” and determine challenges that lie specific to our country. I had towards the end concluded by providing for a redressal mechanism, based on action taken up by NGOs and the international community, that will prove out to be effective in our country, if implemented with care, and help assuage the crisis. 2- Steps taken up by the government to prevent DV: Looking at the continuous rise in the cases of DV, the government has taken up certain steps in order to reach out victims. The NCW has launched a special WhatsApp helpline number and has started to accept complaints via email. Some states have come up with their own initiatives. For instance- UP police have launched an initiative “suppress corona, not your voice”, wherein women are encouraged to contact police officers and ask for rescue. The Odisha state commission for Women has also launched its own WhatsApp helpline number. The women and child development department of the Delhi government has ensured the availability of 24*7 helpline and rescue services. Tamil Nadu government has allowed the movement of appointed protection officers. However, looking at the statistical rising in cases of DV, clearly, the measures taken up are not enough to handle the arising shadow pandemic. 3- Analysis of government measures in Context of DV Act,2005: In this section, I will examine how the legal framework in place: “Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005” which lays out the minimum threshold to which the government should have adhered while devising strategies has not been adhered to. First and foremost, the inability of the state to address the concern of women even at the time of a pandemic is a violation of the FR to Life guaranteed under article 21. In the Francis Coralie Mullin v Union Territory Administration, the apex court recognized the right to be free from physical violence. Further, in Ahmedabad municipal corporation v Nawab khan Gulab Khan’s case, it guaranteed right against sexual and emotional abuse. Coming to the act, Section 11 of the DV Act mentions obligations on the part of government for regular publicity of issues of DV through the use of media or print to raise awareness in the society. However, leaving behind the normal circumstances, not once in his address to the nation since lockdown, PM has talked about the plight of these women. Moreover, Section 6 of the DV act provides for the establishment of shelter homes in each district by the state government. Here the government has either remarkably failed or the work has been carried out incognito to which none is aware. Similar is the fate met out to Section 8 and 9 of the Act which provides for appointing protection officers. The negligence is further evident if we look at the list of essential goods that lack even sanitary napkins- a regular essential. This is in direct contradiction of Section 7 which mandates medical facilities. Furthermore, Section 17 of the act talks about shared household which is in line with the Chameli Singh case. However, as held by the apex court in the case of S.R. Batra & Another Vs. Smt. Taruna Batra, the definition of shared household under Section 2(s) of the DV Act is not very happily worded. On the face of it, it meant that a woman if evicted from the house has the right to seek monetary compensation and safe shelter along with free legal aid. This is however a narrow concept. It is limited to house owned or taken on rent by husband either solely or jointly by the family of which husband is a part. Clearly, the government in its attempt to flatten the COVID19 curve has overlooked women’s physical and mental health. This is further a violation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5. It even violates Article 51 (A) e of the constitution. What is even more tragic is the restricted access to law enforcement. The chairman of NCW urged women to contact police or reach out to commission but as per available data, women have always felt uncomfortable reporting to police. Even if they do, such reports are constantly ignored or delayed. For instance, a case from UP was reported wherein a girl approached the police but the personnel refused to rescue the victim and she was left with the accused. Moreover, the number of cases that are reported is not in proportions to actual incidents happening. This is because of the lack of access to technology in remote and rural areas. According to studies, about 57% of the women in India still do not have access to phones, how could they then use helpline services. In the absence of a comprehensive plan from the government, however, several NGOs have come forward. But they themselves face a host of problems. They are unable to move beyond web counselling or telephonic conversations. Due to lack of transport facilities and protective gear it is difficult to rescue victims. Some shelter homes have even refused to intake women. 4- Way forward: Learning from initiatives by NGOs and Foreign Countries In this section, based on the successful initiatives taken by NGOs and the international community, I provide possible solutions the government can implement for safeguarding women. Many NGOs have taken the lead to look at the issue of DV. NGO Swayam has started reaching out to women in distress areas via their contacts with communities. Another NGO Shakti Shalini has started a 24 hours helpline. Vishaka, an NGO based in Rajasthan has planned out a strategy to reach out to migrant women. Stree Mukti Sanghatana has been working to cater to working-class women. Nazariya organization for trans people, have started to organize weekly counselling sessions. NGO Women’s Entrepreneurs for Transformation launched the Red Dot initiative which requires victims to draw a red dot on their palm to alert people. NGO Breakthrough has come up with several initiatives like “StreeLink”, “Community radio in UP” along with reviving its ‘Bell Bajao’ campaign. CORO India has started sharing information regarding help for DV via information stickers placed above food packets. Countries across the globe have brought about innovative plans to prevent gender-based violence alongside pandemic. For instance- the Canadian government has announced an aid packed of $50 million along with deeming domestic violence shelters as essential services. Australia, France, and the UK too have separately allocated funds. Countries including France, Spain, and other Caribbean countries have started providing alternative accommodation to those who cannot be adjusted in shelter homes. South Africa has taken up steps to provide medical facilities to women. China has launched its Online Awareness campaign, namely “#antidomesticViolenceDuringEpidemic”. Spain has designated the code word “Mask-19” to signal police about domestic violence. UK gov has launched an app called “bright sky” to provide support and information to survivors along with enlisting delivery drivers and postal workers to look for suspected cases of DV. Countries have even set up a virtual justice system by having DV survivor teleconference into a court proceeding. Indeed, looking at the incessant mushrooming of cases across the country, there exists a need for country wide lockdown. But the need is also for implementation of planned strategies to judiciously integrate arising cases of DV with pandemic. Notable then firstly, the government should widen the ambit of essential service along with allocation of funds for setting up alternative shelter homes. Secondly, the emergency warning systems must be set up ensuring women could reach out without alerting abusers. Thirdly, action regarding the protection of sexual and reproductive health of women should be taken up. Fourthly, to reach out to women without access to phone and internet, trained volunteers and frontline health workers must be stationed to work with panchayats and SHGs jointly to ensure safety. Fifthly and most importantly, as also remarked by Antonio Guterres, the government should appeal for a ‘ceasefire’ on DV by stating its detrimental long-term effects.Views Are Personal Only.(Author is 2nd Semester  B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) Student At  Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow.)  Next Storylast_img read more

Police received 1,004 calls for service across NI in 24 hours

first_img Previous articleBreastCheck will operate at reduced capacity this weekNext articleGardai detect driver travelling at 124km/h in icy conditions News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Police received 1,004 calls for service across NI in 24 hours Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th The PSNI have said despite the new Health Regulation restrictions in place, officers had a busy New Years Eve across Northern Ireland.Between 8pm on New Year’s Eve to 8am yesterday morning, Police received 1,004 calls for service in relation to reports of anti-social behaviour, assault, concern for safety, criminal damage, missing persons and road traffic collisions.They say particular concern was the number of domestic abuse incidents and, in the 24 hour period PSNI received reports of 86 incidents of domestic abuse from homes across Northern Ireland.As a result, police made 38 arrests. Twitter Facebook Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp By News Highland – January 2, 2021 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+last_img read more

Hurricane Michael halts surgery for Cincinnati woman waiting 10 years for donor kidney

first_imgCourtesy Angel Goss(CINCINNATI) — A Cincinnati woman who thought her nearly 10-year wait for a donor kidney had finally come to an end received crushing news when Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida last week.As she lay in the hospital waiting for her surgery to begin, Angel Goss, 38, was told by doctors that the donor kidney she was due to receive was stuck on a plane in South Carolina because of the storm and would no longer be usable.“It just hit me like a ton of bricks,” Goss told ABC News. “I had a mix of emotions…I was sad. I was angry…I felt hopeless.”Goss said she’d been sick for a while, going back and forth to the emergency room for various debilitating ailments before she learned the day after her 29th birthday that she not only had lupus but was also suffering from kidney failure.For the last decade Goss has been on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant. This is complicated by the fact that she needs a living organ and only 2 percent of the population are a blood type match.Goss, the mother of three children ages 12, 17 and 18, works part time, attends college and goes to dialysis three days a week.“I have my ups and downs. I try to stay more up than down,” she said. “It’s been a lot.”On Oct. 8, doctors told Goss that they had found a donor kidney match for her.“I was very excited. I was overjoyed,” she said. “I was ready for my life to get back to normal, so to speak.”At the time, Goss didn’t know the donor kidney was in South Carolina.Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found the donor, according to ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO-TV.The next day, Goss posted to Facebook, telling people that she finally had a donor and was on her way to Columbus, Ohio, for surgery.“It’s been 10 long years this month,” she wrote on Facebook. “Thank you, Jesus.”Three days later, as she prepared for her surgery on Oct. 11, Goss learned that she was being discharged from the hospital and that the flight carrying her long-awaited kidney had been canceled.Goss updated friends and family with the disappointing news that the transplant would not be happening.“Due to Hurricane Michael the flight has been cancelled,” she wrote on Facebook. “By the kidney just sitting on ice for a prolonged period of time it’s no good to anyone. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. God has other plans for me. Thanks for all the love, prayers, and support. It’s a minor setback for a major come up. Keep praying I love you all.”Goss said she remains at the top of the transplant list. While she has some anger about the lost kidney, her faith and family, especially her mother, have helped her stay positive.“I feel like God was prepping me for the bigger gift that’s coming,” she said. “My children need me. That’s what keeps me going…I have to be around for them.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Courtesy Angel Goss(CINCINNATI) — A Cincinnati woman who thought her nearly 10-year wait for a donor kidney had finally come to an end received crushing news when Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida last week.As she lay in the hospital waiting for her surgery to begin, Angel Goss, 38, was told by doctors that the donor kidney she was due to receive was stuck on a plane in South Carolina because of the storm and would no longer be usable.“It just hit me like a ton of bricks,” Goss told ABC News. “I had a mix of emotions…I was sad. I was angry…I felt hopeless.”Goss said she’d been sick for a while, going back and forth to the emergency room for various debilitating ailments before she learned the day after her 29th birthday that she not only had lupus but was also suffering from kidney failure.For the last decade Goss has been on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant. This is complicated by the fact that she needs a living organ and only 2 percent of the population are a blood type match.Goss, the mother of three children ages 12, 17 and 18, works part time, attends college and goes to dialysis three days a week.“I have my ups and downs. I try to stay more up than down,” she said. “It’s been a lot.”On Oct. 8, doctors told Goss that they had found a donor kidney match for her.“I was very excited. I was overjoyed,” she said. “I was ready for my life to get back to normal, so to speak.”At the time, Goss didn’t know the donor kidney was in South Carolina.Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found the donor, according to ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO-TV.The next day, Goss posted to Facebook, telling people that she finally had a donor and was on her way to Columbus, Ohio, for surgery.“It’s been 10 long years this month,” she wrote on Facebook. “Thank you, Jesus.”Three days later, as she prepared for her surgery on Oct. 11, Goss learned that she was being discharged from the hospital and that the flight carrying her long-awaited kidney had been canceled.Goss updated friends and family with the disappointing news that the transplant would not be happening.“Due to Hurricane Michael the flight has been cancelled,” she wrote on Facebook. “By the kidney just sitting on ice for a prolonged period of time it’s no good to anyone. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. God has other plans for me. Thanks for all the love, prayers, and support. It’s a minor setback for a major come up. Keep praying I love you all.”Goss said she remains at the top of the transplant list. While she has some anger about the lost kidney, her faith and family, especially her mother, have helped her stay positive.“I feel like God was prepping me for the bigger gift that’s coming,” she said. “My children need me. That’s what keeps me going…I have to be around for them.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Courtesy Angel Goss(CINCINNATI) — A Cincinnati woman who thought her nearly 10-year wait for a donor kidney had finally come to an end received crushing news when Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida last week.As she lay in the hospital waiting for her surgery to begin, Angel Goss, 38, was told by doctors that the donor kidney she was due to receive was stuck on a plane in South Carolina because of the storm and would no longer be usable.“It just hit me like a ton of bricks,” Goss told ABC News. “I had a mix of emotions…I was sad. I was angry…I felt hopeless.”Goss said she’d been sick for a while, going back and forth to the emergency room for various debilitating ailments before she learned the day after her 29th birthday that she not only had lupus but was also suffering from kidney failure.For the last decade Goss has been on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant. This is complicated by the fact that she needs a living organ and only 2 percent of the population are a blood type match.Goss, the mother of three children ages 12, 17 and 18, works part time, attends college and goes to dialysis three days a week.“I have my ups and downs. I try to stay more up than down,” she said. “It’s been a lot.”On Oct. 8, doctors told Goss that they had found a donor kidney match for her.“I was very excited. I was overjoyed,” she said. “I was ready for my life to get back to normal, so to speak.”At the time, Goss didn’t know the donor kidney was in South Carolina.Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found the donor, according to ABC Cincinnati affiliate WCPO-TV.The next day, Goss posted to Facebook, telling people that she finally had a donor and was on her way to Columbus, Ohio, for surgery.“It’s been 10 long years this month,” she wrote on Facebook. “Thank you, Jesus.”Three days later, as she prepared for her surgery on Oct. 11, Goss learned that she was being discharged from the hospital and that the flight carrying her long-awaited kidney had been canceled.Goss updated friends and family with the disappointing news that the transplant would not be happening.“Due to Hurricane Michael the flight has been cancelled,” she wrote on Facebook. “By the kidney just sitting on ice for a prolonged period of time it’s no good to anyone. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. God has other plans for me. Thanks for all the love, prayers, and support. It’s a minor setback for a major come up. Keep praying I love you all.”Goss said she remains at the top of the transplant list. While she has some anger about the lost kidney, her faith and family, especially her mother, have helped her stay positive.“I feel like God was prepping me for the bigger gift that’s coming,” she said. “My children need me. That’s what keeps me going…I have to be around for them.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Jazz try to slow Harden in Game 2 after Game 1 rout

first_img Tags: Basketball/Houston Rockets/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP) No one on the Utah Jazz is using the word ”stop” when referring to what they’ll try to do to James Harden in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals on Wednesday night after the Houston Rockets’ star scored 41 points in a Game 1 rout.They’re simply searching for ways to slow him down a bit after he’s averaged almost 36 points a game in five meetings this season.”He is a (heck) of a player so it’s going to be tough, but we feel like we can just try to make it a bit tough on him for the whole (time) he’s out there,” Utah’s Joe Ingles said.Harden made seven 3-pointers in Game 1, leaving the Jazz focused on limiting him from long range.”Just make him a driver,” rookie Donovan Mitchell said. ”He loves getting back to that 3. They got comfortable in the first half and they went up 30. So just being able to make them uncomfortable and not let them dictate what we do on defense. Make sure we dictate what they do.”Coach Mike D’Antoni isn’t concerned about anything that the Jazz might throw at Harden on Wednesday and believes the only thing that can keep Harden from a big game is, well, Harden.”There’s no answer. He’s seen it all,” D’Antoni said. ”Now, he might play bad and that’s because he’s human. But there’s nothing that you can conceivably come up with that can stop one of the best offensive players ever.”Harden led the NBA in scoring in the regular season by averaging a career-high 30.4 points a game and ranks second behind LeBron James this postseason with 31 points a game.Houston’s Trevor Ariza, a player known for his defense, has the task of guarding Mitchell in this series. He was asked what he would try if he had to guard Harden. There was a long pause before Ariza let out a loud sigh and said with a laugh: ”I’d figure out a way to slow him down.”But the veteran is happy to be playing with Harden and not against him.”I’m glad I don’t have that problem right now,” he said. ”I wouldn’t tell them what I think. I would let them try to figure it out on their own.”The top-seeded Rockets expect to see a different team than they did in Game 1 after the Jazz had only about 36 hours between the end of Game 6 against the Thunder and the start of this series.”I think a couple days’ rest will help them and we’ll get the best they’ve got,” D’Antoni said.The Jazz refused to use fatigue as an excuse for their poor performance in Game 1, but they did admit that they were feeling better about this game with a little bit of rest. Mitchell said having two days to break down film and work on their game plan has also been beneficial.Despite trailing by double digits for most of Sunday’s game, the Jazz don’t seemed daunted or discouraged entering Game 2.”A lot of people have been hitting me up saying: ”Try to keep your head up. It’s only Game 1,”’ Mitchell said. ”And my head was never down. I don’t think any of our heads were ever down. It’s just one game out of a long series … I think being down 0-1 last series and seeing how we came back and responded definitely gives you a sense of more hope than if this would have been the opening round.”The Jazz will try and even the series without starting point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out Game 1 and is out indefinitely with a strained left hamstring. The Rockets believe Rubio’s absence changed things for Mitchell. He scored a playoff-high 38 points in Game 6 to lead Utah to the win before scoring 21, which were his fewest of the postseason, on Sunday.”It makes Donovan handle the ball more than they would like,” Ariza said of Rubio’s injury. ”He’s their dominant scorer at this point so when he has to handle the ball and get everybody involved in the game it kind of takes away from him scoring the ball all the time or being aggressive all the time.” Written by Associated Press May 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jazz try to slow Harden in Game 2 after Game 1 routlast_img read more

USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors Save Shipyard, Navy USD 500,000

first_img View post tag: USS View post tag: sailors View post tag: shipyard View post tag: save Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors Save Shipyard, Navy USD 500,000 View post tag: Defense Industry news View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Abraham February 1, 2013 View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy USS Abraham Lincoln Sailors Save Shipyard, Navy USD 500,000 View post tag: Defence View post tag: 500 000 View post tag: USD Sailors aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) completed a major step in its overhaul and saved the Navy nearly $500,000 when all four catapults of the Lincoln’s flight deck were removed, along with their bottom sheathing Jan. 18, due to the effort of 30 V-2 division Sailors.“Not only is the catapult removal process unprecedented for ship’s forces during an RCOH period, but we also did it quickly,” said V-2 Division officer Lt. j.g. Matt McCauley.V-2’s Sailors also removed the catapult’s sheathing bands and panels.“That is almost 18 tons of steel in total, as well as the insulation or ‘lava-rock’ from the catapult’s trough,” said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Frank Bartanowitz, V-2 division.V-2 division’s teamwork with Huntington Ingalls Industries – News News Shipbuilding shipyard workers allowed them to begin their inspection for structural corrosion beneath the catapult troughs sooner. In all, Lincoln’s V-2 Division saved 4,800 man-hours of labor from shipyard workers, saving the Navy $480,000.“It’s difficult to remove more than 20 years of hardened grit in bad weather,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (equipment) Salvatore Gumina. “Pure teamwork is what makes this group of Sailors work so well, on or off land, underway or during RCOH.”And that teamwork is a hallmark of V-2, according to one of its Sailors.“Whether people believe it or not, this is what we do. Teamwork is what we do day in and day out,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 2nd Class Joshua Smith.V-2 Division is now taking on the task of removing the side sheathing in each catapult’s trough, which will save the Navy and the shipyard even more money.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 1, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

USCG Cutter Morro Bay Ends Life Extension Works

first_img US Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay returned to homeport in Cleveland Tuesday following a 14-month Service Life Extension Project at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore.SLEP is a major mid-life overhaul which is expected to extend the cutter’s service life 15 years.Morro Bay is one of nine 140-foot WTGB icebreaking tugs built between the late 1970s and early 1980s in Tacoma, Washington. Having served on the Great Lakes, mid-Atlantic and New England waterways for more than three decades, the WTGBs were due for a mid-life overhaul. Morro Bay is the first of the class to undergo SLEP.Major SLEP work items included renewal of the crew’s berthing and messdeck, comprehensive navigation and steering systems upgrades, main propulsion motor overhaul, and installation of a new engine room water-mist fire fighting system and a modern small boat davit system.Additionally, the icebreaking bubbler system located on the fantail was decommissioned, and a new bubbler system was installed in the engine room. This large diesel engine and its compressor required plenty of space, so the ship’s service diesel generators were moved to make room. The cutter was also sandblasted and painted top to bottom, stem to stern.With the cutter in SLEP, Morro Bay’s crew maintained icebreaking proficiency by crew-swapping with the cutter’s sister ship Neah Bay, also homeported in Cleveland, during the 2014-2015 icebreaking season.[mappress mapid=”17057″]Image: USCG Authorities View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Cutter Morro Bay Ends Life Extension Works USCG Cutter Morro Bay Ends Life Extension Works View post tag: USCG View post tag: Morro Bay September 30, 2015 View post tag: Cutter View post tag: Cleveland Share this articlelast_img read more

Republicans Save Obamacare: And Actually Make it Worse!

first_imgRepublicans Save Obamacare:And Actually Make it Worse!By Richard Moss MDTaking something away once given is nigh impossible in a democracy. Just ask the Republicans in Congress. Obamacare was a giveaway for millions of Americans. It was also fatally flawed. After a trillion dollars spent and massive cuts in Medicare reimbursement, premiums and deductibles have soared. Consumers did not keep their doctor or their plan. The nation’s largest insurers have jumped ship. Bailouts of insurance companies will be required. States and counties across the land have only one insurer. The Affordable Care Act is unaffordable for tens of millions of Americans not being subsidized.The ACA needed one thing: to be given a merciful death. Repealing Obamacare was the single issue that gave Republicans historic wave elections, federal monopoly power, and overwhelming dominance in the states.But instead of repealing it, the Republicans have saved it, and in more grotesque form. The new bill will lead to an even more rapid collapse of healthcare markets in America, only this time with Republican fingerprints all over it.Officially known as the American Health Care Act, it has attracted a variety of monikers including RINO Care, Obamacare lite, and Trumpcare. But Trumpcare is appropriate. The President should have taken the lead, but he didn’t. Instead he handed it over to the Republican Establishment, the McConnells and Ryans in Congress, and in so doing has let down his voters and the country.The flaws of Obamacare are legion but two are crucial. These are “guaranteed issue” and “community rating,” the cost-drivers that have made Obamacare unsustainable. Guaranteed Issue allows consumers to buy insurance regardless of health status. Community Rating, requires insurance companies to charge the same price. Imagine forcing life insurance companies to charge a 75 year old the same as a 25 year old, or coercing auto insurance companies to charge the same after a car accident as before, and you will understand the economic illiteracy of Obamacare. It is not insurance. It is a giveaway.These two features of Obamacare incentivize consumers to defer purchasing insurance until they must have it. They deprive health insurance companies of the necessary balance of healthy buyers to less healthy ones, which pools risk and keeps premiums down. By driving healthy consumers out of the market, and leaving only the unhealthy ones, you drive up rates, increase the ranks of the uninsured, and destroy the market place. These two interlocking mechanisms account for the unfolding “death spiral” of Obamacare. Trumpcare preserves these two features thus ensuring its own ultimate failure and collapse.There are other odious components of Obamacare including the individual and employer mandates, both of which are unconstitutional, notwithstanding Chief Justice John Roberts’s sophistry in 2012. The employer mandate has been a dead weight on the economy and a boon for part time work. Insurance mandates require a minimum “essential” package including items like sex change surgery and prostate care for women that drove up rates as well. The absence of a cap on payments also served to increase premiums. But guaranteed issue and community rating were the primary mechanisms behind the escalating premiums and deductibles.Trumpcare eliminates the employer and individual mandate (and various Obamacare taxes), the “funding” mechanisms of Obamacare. Conservatives would normally rally behind such measures, but only if insurance mandates, guaranteed issue and community rating were similarly terminated. Absent this, Trumpcare will exacerbate the death spiral of the market place as consumers will now have less incentive to buy insurance and employers will dump their plans. The individual mandate is replaced by a 30% increase in insurance premiums for anyone dropping their insurance, which will do nothing to prevent individuals from dispensing with costly insurance. Eliminating the mandates and taxes thusly will blow a hole in the budget and cause further market dislocation.Trumpcare also bankrolls individuals and families earning $150,000 up to $14,000 a year, phasing out above that but still theoretically subsidizing consumers with incomes above $200,000, a massive new entitlement. It preserves the Medicaid expansion and does not freeze enrollment until 2020 thus incentivizing states to expand their Medicaid rolls. It also promises $100 billion in subsidies to the states to assist the poor and to create risk pools. The regulatory, subsidy, mandate cost-drivers of Obamacare are all in place or enhanced. It is a bill only a Democrat could love.Republicans should repeal Obamacare with the same bill they repeatedly sent to Obama to veto the last seven years. Then, it was empty political theater. Now, with a Republican President, they are afraid to. They could extend it a year providing time for recipients to make other arrangements. Instead Trump, the hackneyed Republican leadership in Congress, and vested interests have teamed up not just to preserve Obamacare but make it worse. There has been no draining of the swamp. This is the swamp. The Trump Revolution has been derailed.March 17, 2017Brief Bio: Richard Moss MD is a practicing Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, author, and columnist who resides in Jasper IN. He lost his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in Indiana’s 8th district in 2016. Find more of his essays and blog posts at exodusmd.com. Also find him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more