Lillard and McCollum lift Blazers to 132-105 win over Jazz

first_imgTrail Blazers: At home Feb. 5 vs. Heat. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 36 points and 11 assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 132-105 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. Jazz: Since Dec. 15, the Utah Jazz have had the best defense in the NBA and they have the second-best in the defense overall. The Jazz improvement on defense has seen them rise in the standings and head coach Quin Snyder believes there were a lot of factors that contributed to the improvement. While the NBA has jumped in pace, averaging two more possessions per game league wide, Snyder believes the pace wasn’t a determining factor in their slow start defensively. TIP-INS Tags: CJ McCollum/Damian Lillard/NBA/Portland Trail Blazers/Utah Jazz Trail Blazers: The Blazers and Jazz played on Wednesday night for the 4th time since December 21. With all of the games against the same team in such a short period of time, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said it’s somewhat similar to a playoff setting. McCollum didn’t miss a shot until he clanked a free-throw with 9:02 left in the second quarter and didn’t miss a field goal until later in the period. Donovan Mitchell had 22 points to lead Utah. With the win, the Blazers tied the season series with the Jazz at 2-2. Even when he wasn’t shooting, he was still scoring. An attempted lob pass from McCollum to Blazers center Meyers Leonard went in the basket anyway. After the Jazz cut the Blazers lead that had once been at 27 down to 10 with 7:57 left in the third quarter, the Blazers put the game away scoring the next 17 points. Portland’s starting center Jusuf Nurkic was a late scratch with a sore right knee. “A little bit,” Stotts said when asked if it was at all like a playoff matchup. “I talked to the team during shoot around today like, we should know some of these calls when they’re going through their sets. We should know these calls by now. Granted it’s not as compact amount of time in a playoff series but there is a degree that you know that team a little bit better than you would if you played them once a month.” UP NEXT McCollum, only one game removed from his first career triple-double, stayed red hot. The Blazers guard made all nine of his shots in the first quarter and had 20 by the end of the period. Lillard’s backcourt mate CJ McCollum was excellent as well, scoring 30 points in the win. Jazz: At home Friday vs. Hawks. “It was more stylistic and some of it was schedule,” Snyder said. “Some of it was the team kind of remembering on a little deeper level their identity. We had to make a couple of adjustments. Less so based on pace and more so based on certain personnel situations and how we can best utilize our players. Often times you have to see that and feel it not just as a coach but as a player. To commit to it on a deeper level you have to believe in it.” January 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Lillard and McCollum lift Blazers to 132-105 win over Jazz Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

MLBPA: Braves GM’s free agency comments ‘egregious’

first_img Beau Lund November 6, 2019 /Sports News – National MLBPA: Braves GM’s free agency comments ‘egregious’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmiflippo/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Major League Baseball Players Association is launching an investigation into possible collusion among MLB teams as free agency begins.A press release from the MLBPA cites comments made by Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos on a conference call earlier this week. On that call, Anthopoulos allegedly said that his team had “had time to connect with 27 of the clubs — obviously the Astros and [Nationals] being in the World Series, they were tied up — but we had a chance to get a sense of what the other clubs are going to look to do in free agency, who might be available in trades.”MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark reacted by saying that the comments “call into question the integrity of the entire free-agent system.”Last year’s slow free agent market prompted some to wonder whether teams were colluding to decrease the length and value of contracts that free agents ultimately signed.“The clear description of Club coordination is egregious,” Clark said Wednesday, “and we have launched an immediate investigation looking into the matter.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 12/13/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Sunday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PRESEASONAtlanta 116, Orlando 107Brooklyn 119, Washington 114Detroit 99, New York 91Houston 0, Chicago 0LA Lakers 131, LA Clippers , 106Sacramento 121, Portland 106NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEArizona 26, NY Giants 7Chicago 36, Houston 7Dallas 30, Cincinnati 7Denver 32, Carolina 27Kansas City 33, Miami 27Tampa Bay 26, Minnesota 14Tennessee 31, Jacksonville 10Indianapolis 44, Las Vegas 27Seattle 40, NY Jets 3Green Bay 31, Detroit 24LA Chargers, 20 Atlanta 17Philadelphia 24, New Orleans 21Washington 23, San Francisco 15Buffalo 26, Pittsburgh 15TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLIowa 106 N. Illinois 53Michigan St. 109, Oakland 91West Virginia 87, Richmond 71Ohio St. 67, Cleveland St. 61Arizona St. 71, Grand Canyon 70Texas at Baylor (Postponed)Tarleton State at Kansas (Canceled)William & Mary at (Postponed)Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 14, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/13/20 Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Is air conditioning helping spread COVID in the South?

first_img Related This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Drawing on insights from another deadly airborne disease, tuberculosis, a Harvard infectious disease expert suggested Friday that air conditioning use across the southern U.S. may be a factor in spiking COVID-19 cases and that ultraviolet lights long used to sterilize the air of TB bacteria could do the same for SARS-CoV-2.Edward Nardell, professor of medicine and of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and professor of environmental health and of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said that hot summer temperatures can create situations similar to those in winter, when respiratory ailments tend to surge, driving people indoors to breathe — and rebreathe —air that typically is little refreshed from outside.“The states that, in June, are already using a lot of air conditioning because of high temperatures are also the places where there’s been greater increases in spread of COVID-19, suggesting more time indoors as temperatures rise,” Nardell said. “The same [thing] happens in wintertime, with more time indoors.”Though transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been understood to transmit mainly through large droplets expelled during coughing, sneezing, or talking, Nardell said that evidence has risen that at least some cases of COVID-19 occur via airborne transmission. That happens when virus particles contained in smaller droplets don’t settle out within six feet and instead hang in the air and drift on currents. Airborne transmission is thought to have been a factor in the coronavirus’ spread among members of a Washington choir, through an apartment building in Hong Kong, and in a restaurant in Wuhan, China, Nardell said. “As people go indoors in hot weather and the rebreathed air fraction goes up, the risk of infection is quite dramatic.” — Edward Nardell, Harvard Medical School Nardell said that being outside or increasing ventilation inside can be effective in slowing transmission, though the ventilation systems in many corporate settings limit how much fresh air can be brought in. Portable room air cleaners also can be used, though they can have limited air flow, he said. Germicidal lamps, a technology that Nardell said is almost 100 years old, have been proven effective in protecting against tuberculosis infection and are already in use in some settings to fight SARS-CoV-2. Compared with mechanical ventilation and portable room air cleaners, the lights, according to one study, have been shown to be up to 10 times more effective, Nardell said.The lamps are set up to shine horizontally, high in the room where sterilization is needed. Air currents, stirred in part by warmth from human bodies, circulate up to the ceiling, where the ultraviolet light kills floating pathogens, and then back down again. This technology, Nardell said, is not only proven, it can be deployed cheaply and easily in a number of settings as society reopens.The lights are not a panacea, however, and the predominant route of transmission needs to be considered in determining whether they are appropriate. Despite the need for disinfection in nursing homes, for example, transmission there may be mainly through close contact between staff and patients, making them less-than-ideal sites for the germicidal lights, Nardell said.“Where [the lights] should be considered in the upcoming resurgence … would be, obviously, in a health care setting, but also in public buildings such as stores, restaurants, banks, and schools,” Nardell said. “We need to know where transmission is occurring to know where they should go.” University community rallies to deal with COVID-19 crisis Administrators, professors detail many and varied ways Harvard is trying to help, including offering use of hotel by Cambridge first-responders, health care workers Vaccines can protect against COVID-19 in nonhuman primates, study says Airborne transmission would make people even more vulnerable to the virus in a closed room. Nardell said that in an office occupied by five people, as windows are closed and air conditioners turned on, CO2 levels rise steeply, a sign that occupants are rebreathing air in the room and from each other.“As people go indoors in hot weather and the rebreathed air fraction goes up, the risk of infection is quite dramatic,” Nardell said, adding that the data, while gathered related to tuberculosis, would apply to any infection with airborne potential.Nardell outlined the work Friday morning during an online presentation sponsored by the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR), an HMS-led collaboration of researchers from 15 Massachusetts institutions and the Guangzhou Institute for Respiratory Health in China. MassCPR’s aim is to foster research that will rapidly translate to the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 90-minute public briefing, focused on issues raised by reopening efforts, was hosted by HMS Dean George Daley and included presentations on Americans’ mobility during the pandemic, contact-tracing efforts, development of personal protective equipment, and of viral and antibody testing as ways to detect new cases and better understand the pandemic’s course through society.“We are united in our common goal to leverage our collective biomedical expertise to confront the immediate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Daley, who serves on MassCPR’s steering committee. “But we are also committed to building a scientific community that is better-prepared for the next emerging pathogen.”In his presentation, Nardell, whose past work has focused on ways to combat drug-resistant tuberculosis, said a dynamic similar to that in the U.S. South is being replayed elsewhere in the world. He cited a rise in air conditioner sales in India, where the systems are designed to bring in little outside air, again increasing chances of transmission. India, with nearly 500,000 COVID-19 cases, reported 17,296 new cases and 407 deaths on Friday, according to the World Health Organization. Second study suggests initial infection with SARS-CoV-2 protects against re-infection following repeat exposure to virus $16.5 million awarded to projects to fight COVID MassCPR collaboration funds plans with promise to help in a year The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

GSA gains traction

first_imgWhile most Notre Dame students left campus and their extracurricular pursuits for the summer, members of the Progressive Student Alliance’s (PSA) 4 to 5 Movement and AllianceND have worked to maintain the momentum their groups gained late last semester in their advocacy on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on campus. That momentum peaked when the University deferred its May decision on the approval of AllianceND, a student gay-straight alliance, as an officially recognized club until early in the fall 2012 semester, according to the group’s deferral letter from Peggy Hnatusko, director of student activities for programming. The coalition’s summer efforts included asking members of the extended Notre Dame family – students, families, friends – to share their personal accounts of why a gay-straight alliance is important to the University and its students in particular, junior PSA co-president Alex Coccia said. [Editor’s Note: Coccia is a columnist for The Observer]. “Part of what we stressed at the end of the semester when the decision came out was including student voices in this review, so we asked people to write in their personal responses through channels like Facebook and our website,” he said. “We’ve gotten 190 responses, all well-written, some of which are very short or very long, include personal stories or draw on experiences at Notre Dame.” Coccia said several responses focus on Notre Dame’s mission as a place where “learning becomes service to justice,” as well as principles of theology. The group plans to give the collected responses to Vice President for Student Affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding. Sophomore Lauren Morisseau, PSA co-president, said the written responses convey widespread support for the LGBT community at Notre Dame and its goals for the future. “It’s amazing to read through names I’ve never seen before, and it shows the breadth of how far this [movement] has reached and the connection it’s made to students,” she said. Additionally, the coalition received input from outside the Notre Dame community, Coccia said. “People at other Catholic universities wrote in to talk about their experiences and the good gay-straight alliances have done for them there,” he said. “Boston College also reached out to us on Twitter, and a few other universities have joined our coalition and expressed their support, so that’s been great.” Morisseau said that display of outside support demonstrates camaraderie between college students around the country. “Sometimes there’s rivalry between colleges, but over this, there’s really no rivalry,” she said. “They want the best for us, and that’s a beautiful thing.” Within the Notre Dame community, the 4 to 5 Movement has a “greater calling” than simply achieving club recognition for AllianceND, Coccia said. “[Getting AllianceND recognized] is a substantial part of what we’re aiming for, but it has a greater calling to make change to the student body environment,” he said. “I think we reached a real high point last semester, so as we continue with semester activities, we will always aim to create a more welcoming, inclusive environment.” Coccia said the coalition’s primary focus at the moment is updating freshmen and new students about the current situation on campus through several media. “It’s refreshing to know that many freshmen already know about [the 4 to 5 Movement] unsolicited, and student initiative has been very high just in the first weekend with people taking it upon themselves to make the experience for freshmen in Frosh-O, dorm life and club life more inclusive on campus,” Coccia said. Senior AllianceND officer Karl Abad said he hopes to see the enthusiasm continue. “We have to keep the momentum up going into the semester,” Abad said. “All the fame and publicity the 4 to 5 Movement has gotten has been amazing for getting the message out there that something has to be done and something has to change here.” Morisseau said the success of the 4 to 5 Movement so far has sparked dialogue among members of the Notre Dame community. “Even the general conversation has a different vibe. When I came here last fall, nobody talked casually about issues of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation,” Morisseau said. “It’s interesting to see friends come back and all of a sudden want to talk about [LGBT inclusion] more after having something broaden their view over summer. People are casually talking about this, and it’s kind of a mainstream topic, which is amazing.” Another way the campus environment has  changed is the creation of the Core Room in the LaFortune Student Center, which serves as a space for members of Core Council and allies to come together, Abad said. “We really needed a physical space. The [Core Council] was really ambiguous before and no one really knew exactly what it was,” he said. “Now we have the opportunity to reconstruct it, so it’s very important to keep pressure on the administration for them to act and think about it.” Over the past year, the Core Council underwent some major changes in leadership when Sr. Sue Dunn, former assistant vice president for student affairs, left her position at the University. In doing so, Dunn left Core Council without a co-chair from the administration. Former vice president for student affairs Fr. Tom Doyle’s departure from his position also shook up the Council’s operations, Abad said. “Because the structure for Core Council was so deconstructed and dismantled last semester, it was confusing on one hand,” he said. “But at the same time, I think it instigated a spark in the administration, so maybe this is a time to look things over for review and see what things can be changed.” While the Core Council succeeds in terms of administration and programming, Abad said the organization has also been used as a limitation in the approval process for AllianceND. “We’ve been told we already have the Core Council, so why would we need AllianceND as well?” he said. “What should we be doing about Core Council if we want AllianceND to be approved at the same time? We need to figure out what we want.” Abad said the proposed AllianceND would help bridge the LGBT and ally communities at Notre Dame in an inclusive environment. “AllianceND would provide a sense of community which I feel is very lacking. You can come to Coffee in CoMo every few weeks, but it doesn’t feel like a community you can go back to,” he said. “It would provide a safe, welcoming environment where people can meet and learn about what they’re going through.” Abad said the proposed club aligns with Christian beliefs, especially in terms of its service component, which would include outreach to local high schools and LGBT centers. “We are planning to be very involved in the Michiana community,” he said. “Notre Dame is meant to be helpful, enlightening and loving, so we need to make it pertinent that AllianceND is necessary because at the moment, the LGBT community doesn’t have those resources it needs to feel like it’s getting the same treatment.” Although the coalition is remaining “cautiously optimistic” about the upcoming approval decision, Abad said this time feels different from before due to support from all corners of the Notre Dame community. “Before, it was just the gay community alone voicing its concerns, but I feel like the ally voice is a lot more important in this movement because it’s not directly affecting them per se,” he said. “The fact that straight students are very concerned about this issue should bring up red flags for the University.”   More information about the 4 to 5 Movement and AllianceND, including the latter’s proposed constitution, can be found on the 4 to 5 Movement Facebook page.last_img read more

Italy’s Saipem to build 450MW offshore wind farm in northern Adriatic Sea

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Italy’s Saipem has signed an agreement to build a 450 megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm in the Adriatic Sea in northern Italy, the energy services group said on Tuesday.Saipem has agreed with renewable energy companies AGNES and QINT’X to install 56 wind turbines at two sites off the coast of Italian port city Ravenna, it said in a statement. The project’s contract value could be worth up to 600 million euros ($710 million) for Saipem, said a source close to the matter.“Saipem plans to start a similar (wind) project in Sicily and in Sardinia,” said Mauro Piasere, chief operating officer of Saipem’s XSIGHT division, which offers engineering services for the renewables sector among others.Saipem, a market leader in subsea exploration and construction, has been looking increasingly to offshore wind as part of a move to develop new lines of business to meet a growing client focus on green technologies.Last year it signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi-based Plambeck Emirates to build a 500 MW floating wind farm off the cost of Saudi Arabia.[Stephen Jewkes]More: Saipem to build 450 MW offshore wind farm in Italy Italy’s Saipem to build 450MW offshore wind farm in northern Adriatic Sealast_img read more

Sale of Counterfeit Products Can Finance Terrorism

first_imgBy Dialogo September 13, 2012 The money from the sale of counterfeit goods, a business that’s worth millions of dollars a year, can finance terrorism and other forms of organized crime, in addition to jeopardizing the health of people, assured Interpol sources in Panama, on September 11. “You cannot disregard the fact that some of them (activities related to counterfeiting and piracy of products) and the money they generate can get to the hands of terrorist groups,” said Khoo Boon Hui, President of Interpol. Khoo Boon Hui made these statements in Panama, where he inaugurated an international conference on counterfeit products and crimes against intellectual property. The event was attended by 500 Interpol representatives from 50 countries. “Piracy and counterfeiting are only two components of a much larger, transnational and criminal activity,” added Khoo Boon Hui during the keynote address at this meeting which ends on September 13. In recent times, counterfeiting of medicines or pills like Viagra have increased, something that worries the authorities because of the implicated health hazards. According to experts, although most of the counterfeits formerly originated in Asia, presently there is an increase in local production, because there are workshops with the capacity to make the complete counterfeiting of products.last_img read more

Argentina Sends First Humanitarian Aid Shipment to Venezuela

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo May 20, 2019 In light of the serious crisis in Venezuela, the Argentine government sent a first shipment of humanitarian aid to the Latin American nation. The donation fell under the Management Unit to Support Venezuela’s Reconstruction, created in February to assist with humanitarian aid and to meet the needs of Venezuelans. A 26-ton shipment left Buenos Aires by sea for Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on April 16, the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship (MREC, in Spanish), responsible for the Management Unit, said in a press release. Oil, canned food, rice, and lentils were part of the donations. The Argentine authorities estimate that the shipment will reach Colombia May 18, before continuing onwards to Venezuela, provided the illegitimate Maduro regime does not steal it or does not allows its entry. “This way, Argentina renews its commitment to help with the humanitarian crisis the Venezuelan people are going through,” MREC said. Another 3-tons of humanitarian aid is set to be shipped in mid-May from Buenos Aires to Cúcuta, on the Colombian border with Venezuela, said Alejandro Daneri, president of the White Helmets Commission, a civil humanitarian organization, part of MREC, that supports the Management Unit. Elisa Trotta Gamus, Venezuela’s diplomatic representative in Argentina appointed by Interim President Juan Guaidó, thanked Argentina for its support. “We continue to work together for Venezuela. The humanitarian crisis in our country is a fact, and we must continue to collaborate from our spaces,” Trotta said. Humanitarian situation “We remain concerned about the humanitarian situation in Venezuela, which is a tragedy. The Venezuelan people are in the midst of a calamity,” Daneri told Diálogo. “We continue to work with the Venezuelan communities in Argentina to sort, store, and manage warehouses, with donated supplies that will be sent to Venezuela.” The Venezuelan humanitarian crisis worsens by the day. The health system has collapsed, and Venezuelans suffer from extreme poverty and food insecurity. The crisis has also caused a major wave of migration, with millions of Venezuelans fleeing to other countries in the region. According to the Organization of American States, there are more than 3 million Venezuelan refugees in Latin America — more than 1 million in Colombia alone — and there could be more than 5 million by late 2019. “We have fought for humanitarian assistance, so that we can address the emergency caused by the usurper, because out commitment is to the well-being of our people. Thank you, Argentina! Venezuelans will repay this solidarity and support,” said Guaidó via Twitter.last_img read more

3 Armed Home Invasions on Long Island in 1 Week

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police on Long Island are investigating three armed home invasions in the past week, the latest of which in Glen Cove ended when the assailants allegedly pistol-whipped a victim, authorities said.Gregory Czaplichi, 18, and 17-year-old Nicholas Bollar, both of Glen Cove, were arrested and charged with burglary after Glen Cove city police said the suspects and two others broke into the victim’s Coles Street home shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.The suspects, who were armed with handguns, demanded money before allegedly assaulting the victim, police said. Detectives, who are continuing the investigation, apprehended the two teens hours later and believe at least one of the suspects knew the victim. The other two remain at large.Suffolk County police are separately investigating two more armed home invasions four days and five miles apart from each other in Wyandanch and North Amityville a week after two similar cases in those areas.In the first case, three men armed with handguns forced their way into a trailer on Horseshoe Court in North Amityville and demanded money from the victim inside at 8:47 a.m. Tuesday, May 20, police said.The suspects fled with cash, a BB gun and an iPhone. The victim suffered a bruised head but refused medical attention.Then at 9 p.m. Friday, May 23, suspects armed with guns forced their way through the front door of a house on State Avenue in Wyandanch, where they stole money before they fled. There were no reported injuries in the second case.No arrests were made or descriptions were available in either of the Suffolk cases. First Squad detectives are continuing the investigation into those incidents.last_img read more

Collecting cannabusiness deposits in The Evergreen State

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Recent estimates by Barclays suggest the U.S. cannabis market — were it legal today — would be worth nearly $30 billion in annual sales and primed to grow by an additional $10 billion in the next decade.As of July 2019, 11 states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis, 12 allow medical use and have decriminalized recreational use (though this designation bans its sale), and 10 only allow medical use; however, cannabis remains illegal on the federal level. As such, businesses that serve this market — often referred to as “cannabusinesses” — are often excluded from the mainstream financial system.According to FinCEN’s Marijuana Banking Update, 140 credit unions provided services to marijuana-related businesses as of March 2019. That’s an increase of 111 cooperatives year-over-year.Washington state legalized the recreational use of cannabis in 2012, and state-based credit unions, including Numerica ($2.3B, Spokane Valley, WA), saw the need to provide safe and secure services to these businesses. continue reading »last_img read more