Postholiday diets

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaMany holiday overindulgers rush into fad diets, intent on shedding the pounds they’ve gained. Other new-year penitents simply starve themselves. Either approach is wrong, says a University of Georgia expert.Even if you didn’t hold back in your holiday eating, use restraint in your postholiday diet, said Connie Crawley, a Cooperative Extension food, nutrition and health specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.”Go back to your normal, healthy eating habits,” Crawley said. “Eat three moderate meals a day and allow time for rebalancing your diet.”After a week or more of your normal lifestyle, you’ll get a more reliable count of the pounds you’ve gained. “Then you can decide what little things to do to get the weight back off,” she said.Little cutsDon’t skip meals or cut out broad groups such as breads or fats, she said. Make little changes, such as cutting out the chips or extra margarine.”The problem is that people want to cut out whole food groups,” she said. “But you always need a balanced, healthy diet of foods in all groups.”Many dieters focus on fats. And trimming dietary fats can be important. But don’t try to eliminate them. “A totally fat-free diet would not be good for you,” Crawley said. “Fats make fat-soluble vitamins available to you, and they make your diet more satisfying.”Americans tend to eat too many fats, she said. The general rule is that fats should be no more than 30 percent of the calories you eat. “But that percentage varies from person to person,” she said.What’s ‘ideal’?Crawley isn’t a stickler for the “ideal weights” on height-weight charts.”That’s probably not the best way to determine your ideal weight,” she said. “A healthy weight for you is whatever you weigh when you eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly.”The healthiest choice, she said, is to monitor what you eat, not what you weigh. “Food diaries are the No. 1 way to keep your weight down,” she said.The so-called ideal weights from charts sometimes lead people to set unrealistic weight-loss goals, Crawley said. “Studies have shown that dieters are most successful in losing only 10 percent to 15 percent of their preloss weight,” she said.”Unfortunately,” she said, “another study asked dieters how much weight loss would make them happy, satisfied or disappointed, and the most common ‘disappointed’ response was 15 percent or less.”Once dieters have lost 10 percent to 15 percent, though, most are satisfied. “They feel better, and they realize how hard that weight loss was,” she said.Best goalA reasonable weight-loss goal, she said, should be no more than 15 percent of your preloss weight. If you want to lose more than that, make 15 percent your goal anyway. Once you lose that weight and stabilize there, then you can re-evaluate. Don’t try to lose more than 1 to 2 pounds per week if you want to maintain muscle mass and keep the weight off.”Setting too high a weight-loss goal leads to discouragement,” Crawley said. “It makes you put off changes, such as buying new clothes that fit. But weight loss is difficult. You need to reward yourself with things that aren’t food. No diet will be successful if you don’t feel good about yourself.”Physical activity is a critical part of weight loss. “Include weight training, aerobics and stretching in your regular activities,” she said. “To lose weight, you need to be active five to seven days a week.”Crawley said the body’s natural appetite controls don’t work if you’re inactive. “Your body doesn’t know when to stop eating,” she said. “If you want to be a healthy weight, you have to move and get off the couch and out from in front of the computer.”(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Colombia Seizes Drugs in “Go-Fast” Speedboat

first_imgBy Dialogo March 05, 2013 During a maritime interdiction operation, Colombian National Navy units detained a go-fast vessel in which 257 kilograms of marihuana and 59 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride were transported. The operation was carried out at about 30 nautical miles off west Buenaventura (Cauca Valley), after a Navy maritime patrol boat that was monitoring the area halted a suspicious vessel and reported the event to the Coast Guard to perform a maritime interdiction on the boat. Two quick reaction units from the Coast Guard initiated the persecution of the vessel, which had a crew of three Colombian nationals who attempted to escape as soon as they noticed the Navy units, and jettisoned 15 bales containing the drugs. The boat was intercepted and the 15 bales containing 576 packs of drugs were recovered. The vessel with its crew and the seized materials were transferred to the Buenaventura municipality, where legal authorities performed a Certified Preliminary Initial Test on the substances found, which resulted in 257 kilograms of marihuana, known as Cripy, and 59 kilograms of high purity cocaine hydrochloride. The three individuals were captured and charged with illegal drug production, possession and trafficking. According to preliminary report, the stash, valued at over $4 million, belonged to criminal gangs that support drug trafficking, who intended to transport it to Central America. The National Navy will continue to develop permanent offensive action on its jurisdiction with the aim of neutralizing logistics structures of illegal organizations, as well as all their production chains and drug transportation.last_img read more

Top 14 Long Island Local News Stories Of 2014

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Oheka ShootingThis case is the biggest whodunit to hit Long Island in recent memory. A shooter tried to gun down Gary Melius, the powerful owner of Oheka Castle—the palatial hotel, restaurant, catering hall and frequent film set in Huntington—but Melius survived a gunshot wound to the head in broad daylight as he got into his car at the estate on Feb. 24. Since the wealthy, prolific political donor and Independence Party backer has his fingers in a great many pies across Nassau and Suffolk counties, the rumor mill ran wild with speculation over who might have wanted him dead. Melius couldn’t identify the shooter and says he doesn’t know who would want to execute him. Suffolk County police, who are continuing the investigation, have neither made any arrests nor named any suspects. They have only released a surveillance camera image of a light-colored four-door Jeep Grand Cherokee that was spotted fleeing the scene. Does Maggie Simpson have an alibi?Clockwise from top left: Brett Robinson, Thomas Datre Jr., Ronald Cianciulli, Joseph Montouri Jr., Thomas Datre Sr. and Christopher Grabe.Islip Dumping ScandalSo much for learning from the plight of the infamous Mobro 400—the garbage barge loaded with Islip trash that became a lesson in waste mismanagement after ports across the hemisphere refused to take its toxic cargo in 1987. A quarter century later, Islip town parks officials allegedly allowed a politically connected contractor to dump tons of toxic debris at parks in Brentwood, Central Islip, wetlands in Deer Park and a veterans housing complex in Islandia. Rallies outside Islip Town Hall became a regular sight. Anthony Senft, the town board member who was liaison to the parks department at the time, was forced to drop out of his Republican bid for a New York State Senate seat. Republican Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci, a Navy reservist who was deployed in Afghanistan when the scandal broke, ran and won that race instead—successfully dodging the task of cleaning up the mess his appointees were accused of making. Six suspects were indicted for alleged environmental crimes. And the investigation is continuing.Speed Camera DebacleIf non-voters ever needed an example of how much their vote counts, this is it. After being hounded everywhere they went by those constituents complaining about how much they hate the school-zone speed cameras, Nassau County legislators repealed the program in December, halfway through its first school year—fearing for their 2015 re-election chances if they didn’t. These were the same lawmakers who requested that New York State legalize the cameras earlier this year. And in their zeal for public safety, they’d launched the program in June. Some residents were mailed multiple $80 tickets for speeding more than 10 miles over the 20 mph school speed limits. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, dismissed the first tickets issued during summer school amid the uproar. Lawmakers then promised to increase signage so drivers would be better warned where the unpopular cameras were. Then Mangano cut down the speed cameras’ hours to just when students enter and leave their school grounds. Less than a week later, the program was repealed. Watching the disaster from across the county line, Suffolk lawmakers nixed their speed camera plans before their scheduled launch in 2015.Scattered Body PartsWhen a woman’s dismembered body was found in a vacant lot on Maple Avenue in Bay Shore in July, some feared that the Long Island Serial Killer had struck again. The case took an even weirder turn when the victim’s head and severed arms were found scattered throughout the village of Hempstead. The victim was later identified as Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, a Guyanese immigrant and mother of four, who was reported missing. The suspect, Leah Cuevas, is accused of killing her while posing as the landlord of the Brooklyn apartment building in which the victim lived, following an argument about a power outage over Fourth of July weekend. In court documents, one neighbor reported hearing screams coming from the apartment “like nothing I ever heard before.”Ronald Bower Freed (From Prison)It was 25 years in the making, and to a growing number of supporters, 25 years too late. On a drizzly grey morning this past June the 53-year-old father of two from Queens shuffled out of a maximum-security prison several miles south of the Canadian border for the first time without shackles since 1993, when Queens sex crimes detectives arrested him at his job as a security guard in the Douglaston Mall. Bower was then ordered by cops to dress in clothes a number of sex crimes victims say their attacker wore and paraded through up to a dozen lineups until he was pointed out as “The Silver Gun Rapist,” an armed perpetrator who raped and molested women in Queens and Nassau throughout the early 1990s with a silver handgun. Despite his conviction and incarceration for the crimes, the heinous acts continued. Soon thereafter, an FBI agent and Inspector General’s Office investigator uncovered that a New York police officer bearing a striking resemblance to Bower—and who owned a silver handgun, among nearly a dozen other weapons—was the likely culprit. Several judges, despite the evidence, have since disagreed, and thus, as the Press realized while driving Bower home from prison, until he’s fully exonerated, Bower will never truly be free—instead, barely scraping by as a Level Three registered sexual predator.LI School Districts Immigration ProblemThe Hempstead School District’s alleged refusal to enroll at least 34 undocumented or unaccompanied minors this school year sparked New York State to conduct a joint compliance review—and provoked widespread condemnation from civil rights groups. Amid a barrage of criticism, the district opened a so-called “transition school” in the village to help deal with the influx of students. Additionally, the New York Civil Liberties conducted its own review, which found that a dozen LI school districts might be “unlawfully barring” the enrollment of immigrant students. In mid-December, the New York State Board of Regents passed an emergency regulation meant to shed the barriers that prevent undocumented students from enrolling in public schools.Kathleen Rice Takes McCarthy’s SeatNassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat, will head to Capitol Hill in January to take over the seat held by longtime U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), who decided not to seek re-election after 17 years in office. Rice won a closer than expected race against Republican Bruce Blakeman in November and had McCarthy at her side when she gave her victory speech at the Garden City Hotel. During her campaign Rice said that she’d continue McCarthy’s fight to stem gun violence and also pledged to support efforts to raise the minimum wage. Rice, Nassau’s first female district attorney, spent eight years in that office, which aggressively prosecuted drunk drivers and uncovered an SAT cheating scandal in Great Neck that led to nationwide changes to test security. McCarthy decided to give up the seat after a long battle with cancer. Rice joins a shrinking minority caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives after Democrats took a beating in the midterms.New York Islanders John Tavares shoots against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday, May 11, 2013. (Photo by Joe Nuzzo)Islanders Sale Approved; Team Says Farewell to Old BarnIsles fans have been on thin ice for over a decade. Not only have they had to suffer through several seasons of brutal hockey, but the deeply passionate fan base was also forced to wait breathlessly as owner Charles Wang unsuccessfully tried to keep the franchise at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and even hinted at relocating the team. After several failed bids, Wang finally decided he had had enough and agreed to move LI’s lone professional sports team to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in 2015. Despite the tough luck, there are signs of hope. Wang sold a minority interest in the franchise to Scott Malkin and John Ledecky this year. The duo will maintain minority ownership until 2016, when they take over majority control of the team, thereby reversing roles with Wang. In the waning days of December the Islanders were in second place in the Metropolitan division and third in the Eastern Conference, perfectly positioned to earn a spot in the NHL’s postseason. Things are looking up for the Isles. Too bad it’s all happening while the team is half-way out the door.Long Island Rail Road Strike AvertedIt seems like old news now because no one ever actually hit the picket lines, but just imagine the chaos that would’ve unfolded if Long Island Rail Road workers and the MTA hadn’t averted a strike that could’ve stranded upwards of 300,000 daily commuters in July. The searing summer heat coupled with grumpy, decaffeinated straphangers doesn’t quite mix. Thankfully, the crisis was derailed in the nick of time. LIRR unions and the MTA agreed to a 17-percent wage increase over six and a half years for 5,400 LIRR workers who had been without a contract for four years. The agreement also included health-care contributions for members, which the MTA was seeking in order to help prevent a potential fare hike. Despite heated language from both sides, including competing newspaper and radio ads, a deal was reached less than three days before workers were set to strike.Clockwise from left: John Bittrolff, Rita Tangredi and Colleen McNamee.Cold Case ArrestIn another case that had vague similarities to the unsolved Gilgo Beach homicides, 48-year-old John Bittrolff of Manorville was arrested in July for allegedly murdering two women two decades ago and is suspected of slaying a third woman around the same time. Bittrolff is accused of fatally strangling Rita Tangredi-Beinlich, who was 31 when she was last seen hitchhiking before her nude body was found in a wooded area off of Esplanada Drive in East Patchogue on Nov. 3, 1993. He is also accused of fatally strangling Colleen McNamee, who was 20 when her nude body was found in a wooded area south of the Long Island Expressway in North Shirley two months later, on Jan. 30, 1994. Both women had frequented the area and had prior arrests for prostitution, police had said at the time. Homicide Squad detectives are also investigating whether Bittrolff killed a third woman, Sandra Costilla, 28, of Queens, whose cause of death resembles Tangredi’s and McNamee’s, authorities said. Costilla was found dead in North Sea on the South Fork on Nov. 20, 1993.Nassau Legis. Dave Denenberg, right, leaving US District Court in Central Islip in November following his arraignment on fraud charges. (Rashed Mian / Long Island Press)Denenberg ImplodesIt happened so fast it took people’s breath away. David Denenberg was one of the Nassau Democrats’ crown jewels in the legislature, a constant thorn in the Republicans’ side—especially the late great, irascible GOP Majority Leader Peter Schmitt—and a real contender for the 8th District State Senate seat, which had been in Republican hands until Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. left the office vacant. Denenberg’s candidacy threatened the razor-thin margin that Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the Senate Republican leader, counted on in Albany. At the end of September Denenberg held a double-digit lead in the polls over his Republican opponent, Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), the 33-year-old fortunate son of Republican Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto. But out of the blue the 51-year-old Merrick Democrat was slammed with charges that he’d bilked his former law firm of more than $2 million. Suddenly he decided to drop out of the race. Next he was charged with eight counts of mail fraud at Central Islip Federal Court, where his wife Cara stole the limelight by showing up wearing a Batman mask. On Election Day Denenberg still wound up with 40 percent of the vote. In December he told a federal judge he’ll plead guilty to the charges and next month vacate his seat in the county legislature where he’s served his South Shore district for eight terms.Zeldin Ousts BishopBy conventional wisdom, six-term incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop (D- Southampton) entered the fall campaign with an arguable chance of holding onto his seat because his Republican challenger, State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), had endured a bruising primary from millionaire George Demos, who reportedly spent $3 million attacking him. More importantly, Bishop had trounced Zeldin by 16 percentage points (58-42) the other time they’d faced each other in 2008. This year the incumbent’s luck finally ran out. In November, Zeldin, a 34-year-old Iraq War Army vet, beat Bishop, a 64-year-old former college provost, by a margin of 54 percent to 45 percent, making the young Brookhaven man the first conservative Republican to represent the East End district in more than 12 years. Bishop had the wind against him. He had to defend an unpopular President Obama in an off-year election, withstand blistering ads falsely accusing him of corruption (no charges were ever filed) and counter the millions of dollars poured into the race by right-wing Super-PACs. As it turned out, even with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name at the top of the ticket, too many Suffolk Democrats stayed away from the polls, and the Republican wave that swept the nation on Election Day washed Bishop away as well.James Carver, president of the Nassau Police Benevolent Association, speaks at a podium in June in defense of an officer accused of excessive force.Nassau Cop Charged With AssaultWhile the tensions flared nationwide over the issue of police brutality, a Nassau County police officer was indicted on charges of assaulting a Westbury man during a traffic stop in April. Prosecutors dropped charges against the driver, 20-year-old Kyle Howell, who suffered broken bones in his face. Officer Vincent LoGiudice pleaded not guilty to felony counts of assault after a video surfaced of him allegedly kneeing Howell in the face repeatedly. Howell told reporters at a news conference later that he was reaching for his paycheck when the officer hit him, but he told investigators that he was trying to get rid of a bag of marijuana. Officers packed the court house in support of LoGiudice while Al Sharpton’s National Action Network later followed suit in support of Howell. The attorney for the family, who is suing the county, suspects prosecutors are taking a dive on the case—an allegation the Nassau District Attorney’s office has refuted. How this case will end nobody knows, but it has proven that like the rest of the country Long Island has the same concerns about police using excessive force against unarmed civilians.Bellone’s IT Chief Booted OutA multimillion-dollar software deal with Microsoft that was supposed to help Suffolk County’s computers run better might as well have been hacked considering all the good it did for Donald Rodgers, Suffolk County’s information technology commissioner. He was forced out over accusations he’d misled county lawmakers about the $5 million contract. For that alleged lack of candor he was charged with two misdemeanors. For failing to disclose that he owned Red Dog Design Inc., and didn’t report how much the firm had made in 2012 on his county financial disclosure form when he came to work for County Executive Steve Bellone, he was charged with a felony. His bad luck began back in February when a grand jury subpoena was served on the legislature from Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota’s office. Rodgers was arrested in May and was placed on administrative leave without pay. In August, he resigned after pleading guilty only to official misconduct, a misdemeanor, since the felony charge was dropped. The mistakes he made cost Suffolk nothing, a county spokesman later said, but they did cost Rodgers his career in public service.last_img read more

Skidmore should be open to Peterson

first_imgThank you for taking the position you did in your April 27 editorial [“Allow free expression on campus”] regarding Jordan Peterson’s potential fall appearance at Skidmore College. Your arguments were balanced and gave due regard to the opposing views on this issue. Thanks to Zachary Matson’s April 24 article [“Fight over controversial speaker lands at Skidmore College”], I was able to contact one of the Skidmore students seeking Peterson’s appearance. To her credit, she was articulate and dedicated to having her fellow students provided the opportunity to have their preconceived notions challenged by Peterson’s arguments. I hope Skidmore administrators realize the efficacy of The Gazette’s framing of the issue and agree to allow Peterson’s appearance. Anthony BianchiniColonie  More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsAlbany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Jokowi calls for firm action against intolerance while pointing finger at regional administrations

first_imgIn response to a question about protests against a church renovation in Tanjung Balai, Karimun, Riau Islands, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he had called for firm action to ensure that religious freedom was upheld, while adding that such matters were the responsibility of regional administrations.“Our Constitution clearly protects the freedom for every citizen and their right to worship according to their beliefs,” Jokowi said in a press briefing at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. Jokowi also mentioned an incident in North Minahasa, North Sulawesi, when a meeting hall for Muslims was vandalized by locals. Read also: Eight named suspects for vandalizing ‘meeting hall’ for Muslims in N. Sulawesi“I had hoped that the regional administrations could resolve these issues,” he said.  “But because I did not see any action taken by the regions I have ordered the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister and the National Police chief to resolve both the incident involving the church in Karimun and the mosque in North Minahasa.”Jokowi’s comment about such incidents being the responsibility of regional administrations drew criticism from interfaith activist Alissa Wahid, the daughter of former president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid.Bapak,Urusan agama tidak bisa diotonomi-daerahkan. Krn (umat) agama-agama menyebar di seluruh Indonesia. Sedangkan Kepala2 daerah hanya berfokus pd daerahnya sendiri & itu wajar. Harus ada penegakan hukum terpusat dg landasan hak konstitusi warganegara. https://t.co/wY2B0UEXfK— Alissa Wahid (@AlissaWahid) February 12, 2020“Sir, matters of religion cannot be left to regional autonomy, because the faithful are spread all throughout Indonesia, while regional heads are only focused on their own regions, which is understandable,” she tweeted. “There should be centralized law enforcement based on citizens’ constitutional rights.”She added that she hoped Jokowi’s instructions could be formulated into a more sustainable policy that could be applied to the whole country, “not just Minahasa or Karimun.” (dpk)Topics : “I have instructed the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister and the National Police chief to take firm action against groups or people that disturb [people’s right to worship] according to the Constitution. Intolerance should not exist,” he added.The renovation of the 92-year-old Santo Joseph Catholic Church in Karimun, Riau Islands, was halted last week following protests by local groups.Read also: Renovation of 92-year-old Catholic church in Riau Islands halted after protestsThe church, which was established in 1928, obtained a building license for the renovation last October but had postponed activity after objections from the local United Muslim Forum and the Karimun Regency Caring Alliance. last_img read more

UK’s Johnson says he risked dying during virus treatment

first_imgJohnson won’t return to work right away, instead continuing his recovery at his country retreat, Chequers, his office said. In his absence, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been deputizing, while emphasizing that decisions are being made by the cabinet as a whole.Meanwhile, the government said in a statement that Parliament will resume activity on April 21. House of Commons authorities will consider how to use technology to best allow lawmakers to fulfill “essential constitutional functions of conducting scrutiny, authorizing spending and making laws,” the government said on Sunday.Despite the developments, the UK is far from returning to normality. After three weeks of lockdown that’s brought large swathes of the economy to a standstill, government scientists still aren’t confident the pandemic has peaked. The death toll surpassed 10,000 on Sunday, making Britain the fifth country to cross that grim threshold.“The UK is likely to be certainly one of the worst, if not the worst affected country in Europe,” Jeremy Farrar, a member of the scientific panel advising the government on the pandemic, told the BBC on Sunday. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised doctors for saving his life during his week-long hospitalization for COVID-19 treatment that has left him too weakened from the virus to resume immediate leadership of the government.Looking pale and gaunt, the premier thanked the National Health Service for the care he had received. In a 5-minute video posted on Twitter on Sunday, he called the health service “unbeatable,” and lauded the “personal courage” of the doctors, nurses, cleaners and cooks who work for it.“The NHS has saved my life, no question; it’s hard to find words to express my debt,” the premier said, his voice still croaky. He thanked the staff who cared for him, including “two nurses who stood by my bedside for 24 hours when things could have gone either way.” Johnson was taken to the hospital last Sunday after failing to shake off the virus-related cough and fever he’d been suffering from for 10 days. He was put into intensive care the following day and was given oxygen to help with his breathing. He remained there until Thursday before being transferred back to an ordinary ward, where a day later, his office indicated he could take short walks.The seriousness of Johnson’s condition was reflected in social media posts Sunday by his partner Carrie Symonds, and by his own video message.Johnson named many of the staff who cared for him at St. Thomas’s Hospital in central London, picking out nurses called Jenny from New Zealand and Luis from Portugal in particular.“The reason in the end my body did start to get enough oxygen was because for every second of the night, they were watching, and they were thinking, caring and making the interventions I needed,” Johnson said.There was also a flash of Johnson’s trademark humor when he thanked his doctors “men and women, but several of them for some reason called Nick.” They had, he said, made “crucial decisions a few days ago which I will be grateful for for the rest of my life.”The most severe cases of the virus can take weeks to recover from, and Johnson’s office gave no indication of when he might be back at work.Johnson’s administration has come under increasing criticism from the opposition and by UK media over the time it took to respond to the pandemic, the level of testing for the virus and the amount of vital protective equipment reaching hospital and care home staff.The announcement of Parliament’s resumption follows calls from new Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer and other opposition parties for a recall to allow members of Parliament to hold the government to account as it tackles its greatest peacetime crisis in modern history.Attention has focused on getting vital protective aprons, gloves and face masks to hospital workers and nursing home staff. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been criticized for suggesting the workers might be wasting the equipment, and Home Secretary Priti Patel was pilloried on social media on Saturday for issuing an apology that to some smacked of a non-apology.Nurses “shouldn’t be placed in that position” of lacking safety equipment, Business Secretary Alok Sharma told Sky. “I’m incredibly sorry that people feel they have not been able to get this equipment,” he told the BBC.Sharma’s department is under pressure to ensure businesses are able to easily access the package of loans, grants and tax breaks announced last month by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to try to limit the economic fallout from the pandemic.On Sunday, Sharma told Sky that 4,200 small- and medium-sized businesses had secured government-backed loans totaling 800 million pounds ($1 billion) to cope with the interruption resulting from the outbreak. That number was dismissed as “low” on the same program by former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King.“I am worried about it because the economy will recover quickly only if we can keep the businesses that existed at the start of it functioning,” he said.Companies have complained about the program announced last month, saying banks were diverting them to commercial products and requesting personal guarantees to secure the lending.“It’s very important in a crisis like this that Parliament is sitting so that decisions can be properly scrutinized, so that the concerns of constituents can be put to relevant ministers,” Starmer told Sky News on Sunday.A path out of the national lockdown is deemed key to helping businesses survive the pandemic. An initial three-week lockdown that was due to end on Monday was extended on Thursday by Raab, although no end date has been given.“The government needs to set out its exit strategy because it needs to plan for those 12 months” that are likely to pass before a vaccine is developed, Starmer told Sky. “It needs to do that planning now and it needs to be open about it.”Topics :last_img read more

The two players Arsenal are eyeing to replace Denis Suarez if Ryan Fraser move fails

first_imgSuarez is yet to make a competitive start for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)If the Gunners fail to finish in the Premier League top four, Emery may only have around £40million to spend on new recruits.Only Eden Hazard (11) has notched up more assists than Fraser (10) in the English top flight this term.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThe pacy Scot, who is comfortable on either flank and as a No.10, has also scored six league goals for Bournemouth.Fraser’s current contract expires in 2020 and Bournemouth are yet to enter into negotiations over a new deal for the former Aberdeen man. The two players Arsenal are eyeing to replace Denis Suarez if Ryan Fraser move fails Ryan Fraser is among Arsenal’s priority targets (Picture: Getty)Arsenal reportedly have three players on their radar as they look to replace Denis Suarez in the summer transfer window.Suarez, 25, has struggled to adapt to English football since completing a loan move from Barcelona in January and Unai Emery is yet to hand the Spaniard a competitive start.The winger’s underwhelming loan spell has left Emery drawing up a list of potential targets with a view to bolstering his attacking options ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.According to football.london, Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser, 25, is at the top of Emery’s wishlist with Arsenal’s hierarchy ready to sanction a bid for the Scotland international.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe report claims Genk’s Leandro Trossard, 24, and Boca Juniors’ Cristian Pavon, 23, are also being considered as possible options for the north London outfit.Arsenal’s ambition – or lack of – in the transfer market is likely to rest on whether or not they secure Champions League football for next season. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Apr 2019 10:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link568Sharescenter_img Comment Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle: Unai Emery post match press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:44FullscreenArsenal 2-0 Newcastle: Unai Emery post match press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-0-newcastle-unai-emery-post-match-press-conference-1896526/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Jose Mourinho believes Liverpool have one big disadvantage against Porto this time around Advertisementlast_img read more

Date set for BCSC Kindergarten registration

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Primary School Kindergarten registration is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2019 in the cafeteria and gymnasium.Children must be five (5) on or before August 1, 2019 to enter kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.There will be 30-minute sessions between 8:15 a.m.-2:35 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m. To schedule a session time please go online here. The parents(s) and the child should plan to arrive at BPS together. Parking is in the west lot and entrance is through the cafeteria doors. The day of registration we will need for families to bring the child, an original birth certificate, and immunization records. If applicable, families should also bring official court custodial paperwork. BCSC is moving to online registration for the 2019-2020 school year. Parents are encouraged to monitor email once signing up for a registration time. More information will be sent to incoming kindergarten parents when the online registration portal opens.If school is cancelled March 7, 2019, families should attend kindergarten registration at the same scheduled times Thursday, March 14, 2019. WRBI (103.9 FM) will have information regarding cancellations.Individuals with questions may contact Batesville Primary School at 812-934-4509.last_img read more

Oprah Falls on Stage While Talking about “Balance”

first_imgOprah Winfrey says she banged up her knee and ankle in a fall on stage Saturday during a Weight Watchers event in Los Angeles but was otherwise OK.Winfrey, 66, took a few steps and then went down while talking about emotional balance at her “2020 Vision: Your Life In Focus” event at the Forum in Inglewood.She laughed it off as she sat up in the spotlight. “Shoes,” she told the audience.Longtime partner Stedman Graham rushed to her side from the VIP section.But Oprah sucked it up and continued her presentation sans shoes.“I’m headed home to ice my knee and ankle,” she later posted on Instagram.last_img

Bonsignore: Dodgers bullpen already causing panic

first_imgEager to show everyone why it’s too early to panic, the Dodgers bullpen loaded up a couple of gallons of gasoline, doused the pitching mound with it at Dodgers Stadium, threw in a couple of sticks of dynamite and lit a match.And KA-BOOM went Opening Day against the Arizona Diamondbacks on an otherwise glorious April afternoon Tuesday in Los Angeles.Forget panic, how about straight up hysteria?You can talk all you want about small sample sizes, but eight games into the season the Dodgers bullpen hasn’t been able to hold a lead or maintain a tie score in four of them. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Hence their 4-4 record after Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Arizona in front of a sellout crowd at Chavez Ravine.So let the worrying commence.“We have to pick it up, collectively as a group and myself included in that,” said Chris Hatcher, a central figure in the early struggles after grooving a 3-0 belt-high fastball to Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt for a booming eighth-inning home run and a 2-1 Arizona lead.Hatcher, you’ll remember, came on in relief of rookie Ross Stripling’s no-hit bid in the eighth inning last Friday against the Giants and promptly gave up a game-tying two-run home run in an eventual 3-2 Giants victory.It was more of the same Tuesday during another Dodgers’ bullpen implosion, this one a three-inning, three-pitcher, four-run nosedive in which another six scoreless innings from Dodgers rookie Kenta Maede went for naught. Maeda has now tossed 12 scoreless innings over two starts, but all he had for the effort Tuesday was handshakes and pats on the back.center_img Thanks to a bullpen that is about as trustworthy as a Donald Trump stump speech.“This roller coaster has to stop. We have to start putting up some zeros,” Hatcher said, solemnly.The question is, are they really capable of consistently doing that over the course of a long season after showing precious few signs they can a week into the season?Dodgers first-year manager Dave Roberts continues to preach patience, insisting he isn’t contemplating any changes. But he didn’t sound all that convincing.“There’s definitely a point where you got to…” Roberts started, before catching himself. “I’m definitely seeing things (but) I definitely don’t want to be reactionary.”But how long can he stomach this kind of ineptness?For that matter, how much longer can the front office sit on its hands before providing Roberts some help?It would be one thing if this group had a track record of success, but the reality is the bullpen has been an ongoing issue for three years.And patience would be much more understandable had the Dodgers front office done a dramatic makeover and the new pieces just needed time to mesh together.But this bullpen is essentially the same one from last year, and the 2015 version wasn’t a particularly strong one at that.Me, I’m all-in on panic mode.Maybe it’s already time for the Dodgers front office to start thinking about making some changes, a concept they egregiously neglected last winter. First, Pedro Baez surrendered a tying home run to Nick Ahmed with two outs in the seventh inning, obliterating another brilliant six-inning effort by Maeda and sending Dodgers fans reaching for the Maalox.They barely screwed the lid back on before Hatcher served up the booming home run to Goldschmidt. On a 3-0 pitch no less.“I’m not challenging him there,” Hatcher said, insisting he was trying to work above the zone.Instead, he grooved a fat fastball to one of the best power hitters in the game.“That’s a pitch he obviously has to take back,” Roberts said.Hatcher eventually loaded the bases before getting pulled, He departed to a chorus of boos as he slowly made his way to the dugout.“I deserved it,” he said.In the ninth, Louis Coleman gave up two more runs and all of a sudden Arizona led, 4-1, and fans were making the long walk out to the parking lot for a worrisome drive home.In the dugout, a frustrated Roberts could only watch.“Right now, you want to continue to give these guys confidence and give them opportunities,” Roberts said. “I expect to be in a lot of games late. We’re going to need ‘em (the relievers). To have a great season, have a winning season, we’re going to need those guys in the ‘pen.”But will they reward that patience?Eight games into the new season and four blown chances, it’s time to panic about the bullpen.last_img read more