Coronavirus pandemic’s third wave generates enraging déjà vu

first_img– Advertisement – A nurse attends a protest, organized by the New York State Nurses Association in front of the National Holdings Corporation on May 8, 2020. The nurses protested because congress granted bailouts to corporations and Wall Street billionaires, but not enough for the communities hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis.Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a weekCaroline Chen at ProPublica writes—The Enraging Déjà Vu of a Third Coronavirus Wave. Health care workers don’t need patronizing praise. They need resources, federal support, and for us to stay healthy and out of their hospitals. In many cases, none of that is happening:There’s a joke I’ve seen circulating online, over and over during this pandemic, that goes along the lines of, “Months this year: January, February, March, March, March, March, March…”My lips pull into a smile, but my heart’s not in it. […]As a health reporter covering the pandemic, I’ve experienced too many moments of deja vu. This summer, as the virus swept through the South, news footage of overwhelmed hospitals in Houston turning away ambulances recalled similar scenes from March and April in New York City. Now, we’re in the so-called third wave of the pandemic, with the virus slamming into Midwestern states, and this week, Dr. Gregory Schmidt, associate chief medical officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said his colleagues are converting 16 hospital beds into new ICU beds in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients. “People in leadership are starting to say things in meetings like, ‘I have a sense of impending doom.’” – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘No isolation, few tests’: Argentina has world’s highest COVID-19 positive rate

first_img“Is there isolation? There is none. Are there (enough) tests? No there aren’t,” Carlos Kambourian, a pediatrician in the city of Buenos Aires, told Reuters.By comparison, New York state has a population of 20 million, less than half of Argentina’s 45 million, yet carries out 100,000 tests a day, four times the number in Argentina. In New York state, the positive rate is a bit over 1 percent.Argentina’s government won plaudits for a tough early lockdown that began March 20, but since then has been forced to loosen restrictions to help revive an economy already in recession for two years and as poverty levels and unemployment have risen.Kambourian added that there had been little in way of strengthening health services: “Certainly the strategies to stop a this type of pandemic aren’t being applied,” he added.A source from Argentina’s health ministry said the large number of positive tests was a result of its “DetectAr” program, where testing focuses on contacts of those known to be infected. The government had pledged to raise testing levels.Argentina has the eighth most COVID-19 cases in the world, and is currently in the top five for rolling 7-day average new cases and fatalities. Latin America has been the hardest hit region of the world in terms of COVID-19 cases and deaths. Argentina has the world’s highest rate of positive COVID-19 tests, according to Oxford-linked tracker Our World In Data, with nearly six out of 10 yielding an infection, a reflection of low testing levels and loose enforcement of lockdown rules.Argentina hit 809,728 confirmed cases on Monday, with an seven-day rolling average of around 12,500 new daily infections. The country, which started strongly against the virus, passed 20,000 fatalities last week.Medical professionals said low-levels of testing and lax restrictions had propelled the high positive rate, that climbed from around 40 percent in August to just shy of 60 percent in the last week, a Reuters calculation using health ministry data shows. Topics :last_img read more

Barbados still has many mountains to climb, says PM

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Barbados still has many mountains to climb, says PM by: – January 17, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Barbados may have made significant strides economically and socially, but Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said there are still many ‘Mount Everests’ to climb on the path to future development. Speaking during a ceremony to mark the official launch of the 1652 Foundation last Friday, Stuart said Barbados did not reach its present state of development by accident.Rather, he pointed out that progress was made as a result of “having to come through the”1651/52 period, through the slavery of the 1930s, through the birth pangs of political parties and trade unions and the independence struggle of 1966,” the prime minister told his audience. Notwithstanding these achievements, Stuart admitted there were still some battles to be fought, and expressed faith in the resilience and character of Barbadians, attributes which he described as being necessary to “pilot the island through difficult periods, from time to time”.“We still have many Everests’ to climb. History does not develop in a straight line… there are zigzags; there are battles which you think that you have won and have to fight over again, because of how chaotic history can move sometimes. So, we still have to continue our efforts to create a society of which everybody in this country feels a part, because there are new challenges which we always have to confront.”Underscoring the significance of the signing of the 1652 Charter, in laying the foundation for the structure of governance in Barbados, Stuart said the signing represented a “landmark along the highway of Barbados’ history”. “I am refreshed by the fact that we are not asking, as happens when we are discussing slavery, why we have to go so far back… if you do not know where you have come from, you cannot possibly understand where you are… and where you are going,” Stuart added.During the event, CARICOM ambassador and historian, Robert Morris, and a descendent of the Alleyne family of the 1650s, Richie Alleyne, addressed the event; while chairman of the Foundation, James Corbin, rolled out the Foundation’s five-year programme of activities to highlight the key elements of the Charter and its historical significance. By Julie CarringtonCaribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Tropical Storm Watch Issued for South Florida Ahead of Possible Weekend Impact from Isaias

first_imgSUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT…2100 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…19.5N 70.6WABOUT 155 MI…250 KM WNW OF PUNTA CANA DOMINICAN REPUBLICABOUT 250 MI…400 KM SE OF THE SOUTHEASTERN BAHAMASMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 310 DEGREES AT 20 MPH…31 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…999 MB…29.50 INCHES Courtesy: National Hurricane Center SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* East coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian InletThe Tropical Storm Warnings for the central and northwest Bahamasmay be upgraded to Hurricane Warnings this evening or tonight.Interests elsewhere along the southeast coast of the UnitedStates should monitor the progress of this system. Additionalwatches or warnings may be required for a portion of the Floridapeninsula tonight or Friday.A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions areexpected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions arepossible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.For storm information specific to your area in the UnitedStates, including possible inland watches and warnings, pleasemonitor products issued by your local National Weather Serviceforecast office. For storm information specific to your areaoutside of the United States, please monitor products issued byyour national meteorological service. The National Hurricane Center has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the east coast of Florida, including Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, due to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaias, which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane on Friday.According to the 5 p.m. advisory from the NHC, Isaias is packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and is moving northwest at 20 mph.Isaias is bringing heavy rainfall and tropical storm force winds to parts of the Dominican Republic, and is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night, the NHC added.The latest forecast cone has shifted slightly to the east, placing parts of Palm Beach County out of the cone.However, a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet.On its current track, the worst weather from Isaias would remain over the Bahamas on Saturday and Sunday. South Florida and the Treasure Coast would see rain squalls beginning Saturday morning through Sunday, and several inches of rain possible.On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near the Southeastern Bahamas by late Thursday night.Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas Friday night and move near or over the Northwest Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night.BULLETINTropical Storm Isaias Advisory Number 10NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL092020500 PM EDT Thu Jul 30 2020…ISAIAS CONTINUES TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL AND TROPICAL-STORM-FORCEWINDS TO PORTIONS OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC……FORECAST TO BECOME A HURRICANE FRIDAY OR FRIDAY NIGHT… WATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:The government of the Bahamas has issued a Tropical Storm Warningfor the northwest Bahamas.A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the east coast ofFlorida from Ocean Reef northward to Sebastian Inlet. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK———————-At 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Isaias waslocated near latitude 19.5 North, longitude 70.6 West. Isaias is moving toward the northwest near 20 mph (31 km/h) and a northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Isaias will move near the Southeastern Bahamas by late tonight. Isaias is forecast to be near the Central Bahamas Friday night and move near or over the Northwest Bahamas and near South Florida on Saturday.Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.Strengthening is forecast during the next day or so, and Isaias is forecast to become a hurricane on Friday or Friday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 240 miles (390 km)from the center.The estimated minimum central pressure based on surface observations in the Dominican Republic is 999 mb (29.50 inches).last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMountain West delays football seasonUNDATED (AP) — Will there be any college football this season? Royal Montreal Golf Club to host 2024 Presidents Cup.MONTREAL (AP) — The oldest golf club in North America will host the 2024 Presidents Cup.Royal Montreal Golf Club was founded in 1873 and held the Presidents Cup in 2007. The U.S. won that edition in which Canada’s Mike Weir beat Tiger Woods in a Sunday singles match.Royal Montreal will become the second international venue to host the Presidents Cup more than once, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia. The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.A person involved in the decision told The Associated Press the Mountain West would not play any sports in the fall. The 12-team Mountain West joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring. The Mountain West features Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, each of which were ranked at some point last year.A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of Monday afternoon, and the powerful Southeastern Conference made clear it was not yet ready to shutter its fall season. However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter that he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. In other college sports developments: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have continued their stunning winning streak since the NBA restart.The Suns are 6-0 at Lake Buena Vista following a convincing 128-101 thumping of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Devin Booker dropped in 35 points and Phoenix center Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points and six rebounds in just over 17 minutes. Ayton sat out the first quarter after missing his coronavirus test on Sunday. He tested negative on Monday and helped the Suns dominate after they carried a 37-23 deficit into the second quarter.Phoenix was 26-39 when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Suns now find themselves within 1 1/2 games of a Western Conference playoff berth.In Monday’s other NBA action: — Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Raptors defeat the Bucks, 114-106. Rookie Matt Thomas scored a season-high 22 points and Norman Powell added 21 for Toronto. Bucks forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. —The short-handed Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Jazz 122-114. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. The Mavericks’ biggest comeback since 2016 means they still have a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.NHL-PANTHERS-TALLON OUTTallon, Panthers part waysUNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. Update on the latest sports — Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) launched a grand slam and Bryce Harper blasted a three-run shot in the Phillies’ 13-8 pounding of the Braves. Aaon Nola allowed one run and two hits while striking out 10 in eight innings of his first victory since last August.— Nico Goodrum was 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the Tigers’ fourth consecutive win, 5-1 against the White Sox. JaCoby Jones smacked a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the seventh to cap the scoring.MLB-CARDINALS POSTPONEMENTSMore cancellations for the CardinalsST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have their schedule altered after eight players tested positive for the coronavirus. Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals’ scheduled Thursday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed. MLB and the Cards believe it is prudent to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. MLB has seen 29 games postponed by the coronavirus, 15 involving the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina is among the Redbirds who have tested positive for COVID-19.MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAFrancona returns to Indians bench TuesdayUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the team Tuesday against the Cubs after missing more than a week so he could deal with a gastrointestinal condition. — President Donald Trump has joined Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the Wolverines have shown players can be safe after they return to school. Sasse wrote a letter to Big Ten school presidents and chancellors saying that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”— Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic. President John Broderick said he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” MLB-SCHEDULENats batter Matz and MetsUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals entered Monday’s action with a .236 batting average and were ranked next-to-last in the majors with 10 home runs. The defending World Series champs broke out in a big way by pummeling Steven Matz and the New York Mets.center_img Francona has missed Cleveland’s past eight games with the gastrointestinal issue, which has bothered him since spring training. The 61-year-old skipped the Indians’ weekend trip to Chicago to get extra rest. In other MLB news:— Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano says Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday. Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos. Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball.— Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. The left-hander allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres on Sunday to remain winless since signing a five-year, $85 million deal. The four-time All-Star has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.— Indians starter Mike Clevinger will be quarantined and undergo testing after violating COVID-19 protocols during the team’s weekend trip to Chicago. On Sunday, Indians right-hander Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) was sent home from Chicago in a rental car after he went out with friends following his start on Saturday, a violation of the team’s code of conduct. — The Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move comes one day after Morton was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. Morton is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. — Mets hurler Marcus Stroman has opted out of the rest of the season due to concerns over the pandemic. Stroman was recovering from a torn calf muscle and was in line to possibly make his season debut next week against the Marlins in Miami. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season and is the second Met to opt out of the season, joining outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs).— Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Kelly hasn’t allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings in seven games this season, allowing five hits and five walks. Lefty Adam Kolarek was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Kelly.NBA-SCHEDULEBooker’s 35 help Suns top Thunder, remain perfect in restart Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera, Trea Turner and Juan Soto homered as part of the Nats’ 17-hit attack in a 16-4 thrashing of the Mets. Cabrera was 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three RBIs for the Nationals, who had scored just four runs in dropping their previous three completed games.Matz was reached for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, six days after the Nats tagged him for five runs in just three innings.Winning pitcher Patrick Corbin held New York to one earned run over six innings.Mets infielder Luis Guillorme (gee-OHR’-may) worked a perfect ninth.Elsewhere around the majors: August 10, 2020 Associated Press TENNIS-US OPEN WITHDRAWALSFormer champ pulls out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is adding her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tennis tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.Three of the top seven women in the rankings, including No. 1 Ash Barty, have pulled out of the U.S. Open. So has defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal.PRESIDENTS CUP Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1. It was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games. In other NHL news:— The Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery and will have the first overall pick, giving them a shot at selecting Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize. The league’s bottom seven teams ended up not winning the first phase of the lottery in June. — The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto. The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah), defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.last_img read more

Media Institute to focus on social change in film

first_imgThe School of Cinematic Arts announced the creation of the Media Institute for Social Change, a non-profit organization that will focus on channeling the power and reach of film and television entertainment for positive social change, on Friday.Michael Taylor, chair of film and television production, will lead the Media Institute of Social Change and said he encourages film students to write, direct and produce films that will advocate for social and political change.The institute will provide scholarships to students integrating social change into their films, offer advice to professional filmmakers and conduct research on information in films about social change, Taylor said.Taylor said the timing of the new institute is important because media continues to have a growing impact on society.“There is an interest now more than ever before in social issues, and as filmmakers we have a huge impact on the culture,” Taylor said. “We have a huge impact so we can use those films for the greater good by incorporating issues of social change into the movies.”He said he hopes to expand the mission of his class Making Media for Social Change, which he is co-teaching with Emmy Award-winning director Jeremy Kagan, into multiple facets of media.“There are 14 students that I have in that class, and out of the 14 films that we’re making on various social issues, only one is a documentary, so 13 out of 14 are fictional films, and I think there is a tremendous interest now in doing that,” Taylor said.The institute will research the effects current television and film have on public opinion and policy, Taylor said.“The Media Institute for Social Change is rigorously nonpartisan,” Taylor said. “We do not have a political agenda; we are not taking a position on issues.”The institute will also establish connections between industry professionals to faculty experts at USC to provide facts and guidance on topics, including social human rights and environmental justice.“I went to a conference last week at the United Nations in New York and people were really very interested in what we were doing here at USC and how we’re using film and television and new media to incorporate social issues into the work that we’re doing on a variety of issues,” Taylor said.last_img read more

Gary Neville gets first La Liga win

first_imgGary Neville finally has his first La Liga win as Valencia coach, 10 games and two months into his reign, as goals from Alvaro Negredo and Denis Cheryshev brought a badly needed victory which should ease the pressure for at least a while on the former Manchester United defender.Things did not seem to be going too well when, after a goalless first half low between two teams lacking in confidence, Espanyol defender Oscar Duarte headed his side in front just seven minutes into the second half.Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves, returned to the team after nine months injury absence, was at fault for Duarte’s goal. But without the Brazilian keeper it could have been much worse for Neville’s side — as he made two point blank stops in either half to keep his team in the game.For the 10th time in Neville’s 10 La Liga games Valencia were 1-0 down. The former Manchester United defender sent on Negredo to partner Paco Alcacer up top, and 11 minutes later the veteran striker had the equaliser. It came with a stroke of good fortune as his shot deflected into the net after an excellent driving run from right-back Joao Cancelo.Duarte had another free header from a corner — but missed this time — and seconds later Valencia were ahead. Cancelo was involved again down the right wing, with the cross being headed to the net by a diving Cheryshev at the back post. Before the match, Neville denied that this was a “must-win” game for him, but he must have breathed a huge sigh of relief as he finally got that first victory.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels’ Tyler Skaggs enjoying healthy, successful start to season

first_imgANAHEIM — At the intersection of health and experience, Tyler Skaggs is enjoying the best extended stretch of work in his career.Heading into his ninth start of the season, on Thursday, Skaggs has posted a 3.07 ERA and he’s pitched 44 innings, tops on the team.“It feels good,” he said. “If you look at my career before I got over here and had Tommy John, I didn’t miss a start ever. It feels good and normal. It feels like what I’ve always done.”Since the Angels acquired Skaggs in the winter before the 2014 season – reacquiring a player they drafted and then traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks – Skaggs has enjoyed a few good months. Mostly, his successes have been interrupted by injuries or ineffectiveness. Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Skaggs had had a good start to his season while pitching in a rotation that has been in flux, with the order often jumbled as they try to give the starters extra rest and work in Shohei Ohtani, who is on a different schedule.“It would be nice to have a set schedule, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” he said. “The team is pitching well right now. That’s all that matters.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros With the injuries behind him, he’s working on a run of consistently strong performances. He said part of his success is attributable to the development of his changeup – a new pitch this year – and a two-seam fastball.“The curve and the four-seamer have always been there,” he said. “If you’re two-dimensional, they have a 50-percent chance of being right. I think once I started throwing the changeup, it’s opened up a lot of avenues for me.”Skaggs has thrown his changeup 10 percent of the time, but hitters are batting .143 against it. They are hitting .177 against his two-seamer, which he’s thrown 15 percent of the time. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img He missed almost two entire years – from August 2014 to July 2016 – rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and a subsequent shoulder injury.Skaggs, 26, hasn’t had an arm injury since, having missed time last year with an oblique injury.Related Articles Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

N.J. high school cancels football season over bullying

first_imgIn this Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 photo, members of the Sayreville Board of Education, seated left, hold a press conference at the Selover School in South Amboy, N.J., to address a hazing incident that “went too far” and is at the center of the investigation into the Sayreville War Memorial High School football team. (AP Photo/ Home News Tribune, Mark R. Sullivan)PARLIN, N.J. (AP) — A town that found encouragement in its winning high school football team after the devastation of Superstorm Sandy was left to absorb another blow Tuesday after school officials canceled the season over allegations of bullying, intimidation and harassment among players.School officials in Sayreville, childhood home of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, made the announcement Monday night during a meeting with the players’ parents. The district already had canceled and forfeited a game that was scheduled last week between Sayreville War Memorial and South Brunswick and announced that the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office was investigating the allegations.“There was enough evidence that there were incidents of harassment, of intimidation and bullying that took place on a pervasive level, on a wide-scale level and at a level at which the players knew, tolerated and generally accepted,” Superintendent Richard Labbe told reporters Monday night. “Based upon what has been substantiated to have occurred, we have canceled the remainder of the football season.”Labbe said he could not discuss the investigation, and the prosecutor’s office has declined to release details. No charges have been filed, but Labbe said Prosecutor Andrew Carey told him there is credible evidence to back up the allegations of bullying and harassment within the program.Sayreville sits next to the Raritan River and just inland from the Raritan Bay, site of devastating flooding from Sandy in October 2012. The town was one of those targeted by the state for a buyout program, and demolitions began earlier this year to improve flood protection.Football was a constant through the storm’s aftermath, and the school has won three sectional titles over four years. The news of this season’s cancellation hit students hard Tuesday.“The football team is, like, the whole school,” senior X Ali, 17, said. “It’s big. Everybody likes going to the games.”Asked what he would do now on football game days, Ali replied: “I don’t know what I’m going to do. Just hang out, I guess.”Several students expressed disappointment and, in some cases anger, at Labbe’s decision.Sam Morris, 15, said he plays on the junior varsity team and would normally have been in pads and on the field Tuesday afternoon. Instead, he faced a wall of microphones and cameras as he walked across the street in front of the school. Morris said he hadn’t seen any of the conduct referred to by the superintendent and said players on the team were “upset, angry, annoyed.”“I understand it’s his decision, but he went a little too harsh on this one,” Morris said.Kishan Patel, a 17-year-old senior, said a lot of students expressed support for the football players during classes and said many felt the alleged incidents were “blown out of proportion.”“It’s all people were talking about all day. … Everybody’s got the football players’ backs,” Patel said.Corinne Kalev, whose daughter attends the middle school adjacent to high school, said football is a big part of fall for the town.“I think the parents might be more upset than the kids, because this might be these kids’ future,” Kalev said. “Some of them are really good players and it seems like because of a couple of kids, the whole team is being punished.”Labbe said Monday he was sending a message with his decision.“We need all of our student-athletes, all of our students, heck, all students in the state, in this nation, to understand that the one true way to stop bullying is for those bystanders to do the right thing and become up-standers and report to an adult or someone at an authority level of what is going on.”Also last week, an assistant football coach at the high school resigned amid allegations that he possessed steroids. Labbe said at the time that the allegations against the former defensive coordinator were the focus of a separate investigation and were not related to the cancellation of last week’s game.last_img read more

Twitter sends love to legendary all rounder Kapil Dev for his 61st birthday

first_imgImage Courtesy: Hindustan Times/AFPAdvertisement r61NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsqdzu9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elnbq( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 84pdWould you ever consider trying this?😱8cmCan your students do this? 🌚69pnRoller skating! Powered by Firework The captain of the Indian Cricket Team that lifted the 1983 Cricket World Cup. An Honorary  Lieutenant Colonel of the Indian Territorial Army. A blistering all rounder for the Men in Blues. Its the birthday of India’s cricketing icon- the one and only Kapil Dev! Everyone’s beloved ‘Haryana Hurricane’ has just turned 61 today, and the whole lot of social media has overflown with birthday wishes and felicitations.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times/AFPAnother legend and icon of the game of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar wished Kapil Paaji: Many happy returns of the day Kapil Paji. Have a wonderful and healthy year ahead.”, along with a photo of the duo.Advertisement Bishan Singh Bedi, former Test captain, sent his best wishes to his former teammate: “Birthday Greetings for the Greatest Indian All Rounder till date..GodBless Kaps now & Always..Love All Always.!”Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Congress leader and reputed writer retweeted Bishan Bedi’s tweet with the caption: “An absolute great. And gave us all so much pleasure whenever he played. A superb player & a peerless entertainer. Happy birthday Kapil Dev!”Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee conveyed her wish to Kapil Dev.Kuldeep Bishnoi, another Congress politician and the current Member of the Legislative Assembly from Adampur, Haryana, posted an evergreen picture of himself with a young Kapil, with a complimenting caption:“Wishing you a day filled with happiness and a life filled with joy. A very happy birthday @therealkapildev Paaji.” tweeted former Indian star cricketer VVS Laxman, with a picture of himself with Kapil Dev.Mohammad Kaif tweeted a picture of himself with Kapil, and also thanked him for being a role model for the younger generation of Indian cricketers: “Many more happy returns of the day@therealkapildev Paaji. Thank you for inspiring a whole generation of youngsters !”Former Men in Blues star RP Singh’s wish mentioned how Kapil was the idol for the young cricketing fans who aspired to become a fast bowler. A pacer himself during his career, RP Singh also mentioned that he had worked with Kapil Dev as a commentator, along with a picture.Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan all had their own tweets coming in.Indian cricket journalist and commentator Harsha Bhogle conveyed his felicitation.Renowned comedian and cricket humorist Vikram Sathaye greeted Kapil Dev, along with an ‘unseen’ clip of him interviewing the birthday man.The official Twitter handle of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sent their greetings.The International Cricket Council (ICC) soon followed up.Doordarshan’s official Twitter account sent their wish to the “Champion of Champions.”Next wish comes from the official Twitter handle of ESPNcricinfo.Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals wished Kapil Dev, while asking the Twitter audience about their ‘favourite Kapil Dev moment.’Lord’s Cricket Ground, the stadium where Kapil Dev lifted the trophy in 1983, sent their own greetings through their official Twitter handle.Also read-Twitteratis pour in their wishes for the birthday boy Suresh Raina!Wishes pour in as Virender Sehwag turns 41 Advertisementlast_img read more