Puerto Rico still suffering 6 months after catastrophic hurricane: Here’s how to help

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Six months after Puerto Rico was devastated by a hurricane that knocked out power to almost the entire island, tens of thousands remain without electricity and the U.S. territory is struggling to recover.Hurricane Maria severely damaged Puerto Rico’s electrical grid and caused an estimated $100 billion in property damages when it made landfall on Sept. 20. Most of the territory’s three million residents were left in darkness and cut them off from basic supplies.Six months later, the island is still trying to return to normal, including with tens of thousands of people still lacking power.Many relief efforts for Puerto Rico that began soon after the hurricane continue. Here are some ways you can help:American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and Catholic Charities are still accepting both relief donations funds and volunteers to help areas affected by the hurricane.United for Puerto Rico, a fund set up by Puerto Rico’s first lady Beatriz Rossello, wife of Gov. Ricardo Rossello, collects donations and distributes them to non-profits helping people affected by the disaster.AmeriCares said that for every $1 donated it provides $20 worth of medical aid and disaster support.Among others helping are New York governor Andrew Cuomo who recently announced that a team of experts will go to Puerto Rico to help local officials with rebuilding plans and, over the summer, students from from both the State University of New York and the City University of New York will go to the island to assist.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is still working with communities on the island that are in desperate need of food and water, and is helping local non-profits that need supplies.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New York Mets legend Tom Seaver dies at 75 after battle with dementia

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmanusapon kasosod/iStockBy MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The greatest pitcher in New York Mets history and one of the greatest in baseball history has died.Tom Seaver, known as “Tom Terrific,” died Monday at the age of 75. He had battled dementia in recent years, according to the Baseball Hall of Fame.“We are heartbroken to share that our beloved husband and father has passed away,” his wife Nancy Seaver and daughters, Sarah and Anne, said in a statement. “We send our love out to his fans, as we mourn his loss with you.”Seaver was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992, appearing on 425 of 430 ballots.The flame-throwing righty won three Cy Young Awards (1969, 1973 and 1975) and went to the All-Star Game 12 times.“I am deeply saddened by the death of Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers of all-time,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Tom was a gentleman who represented the best of our National Pastime. He was synonymous with the New York Mets and their unforgettable 1969 season. After their improbable World Series Championship, Tom became a household name to baseball fans — a responsibility he carried out with distinction throughout his life.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img September 2, 2020 /Sports News – National New York Mets legend Tom Seaver dies at 75 after battle with dementialast_img read more

USS Coronado Finishes Final Contract Trials

first_img View post tag: contract June 9, 2014 USS Coronado (LCS 4) successfully completed final contract trials (FCT) June 6. View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Final View post tag: americas Share this article USS Coronado Finishes Final Contract Trialscenter_img The trial, administered by the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey, is part of a series of post-delivery test and trial events through which the ship and its major systems are exercised.The four-day FCT began with pre-underway and material condition checks, followed by at-sea demonstrations. Trial highlights included combat systems air and surface detect-to-engage scenarios, 57mm gun firing exercises, main propulsion full power and maneuvering testing, and launch and recovery of the 11-meter rigid hull inflatable boat.“It was a pleasure to witness Cmdr. Johnston and his crew put Coronado through her paces. I was equally pleased with the performance of the ship systems during this, the first final contract trial of the LCS Independence variant,” said Capt. Tom Anderson, LCS program manager for the Navy’s Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ships (PEO LCS).“It is clear that the changes incorporated into Coronado, based on lessons learned from the construction and operation of USS Independence, have contributed not only to her affordability, but to her operational capability.”LCS 4 will undergo a Post Shakedown Availability this fall. In 2015, the ship will execute an Initial Operation Test and Evaluation with a surface warfare mission package embarked and then forward deploy.[mappress]Press Release, June 09, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Coronado View post tag: Naval View post tag: finishes View post tag: trials View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Coronado Finishes Final Contract Trials last_img read more

HMAS Success Prepares for Mission (Gallery)

first_img HMAS Success Prepares for Mission (Gallery) View post tag: HMAS Success Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Success Prepares for Mission (Gallery) Authorities View post tag: GALLERY View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Naval November 6, 2014center_img View post tag: prepares HMAS Success enjoyed a welcome change of tempo on 22 October when Commodore Warfare, Commodore Peter Leavy, visited the ship during its Mission Readiness Workup in the waters off Jervis Bay.He arrived in ‘Odin’ the ship’s Seahawk helicopter whilst the ship was at action stations and engaged in a damage control exercise.Commodore Leavy then observed replenishment at sea with HMAS Sirius and a heavy jackstay serial with HMAS Sydney. In the course of the day he took the opportunity to tour Success and spent time with sailors, Senior Sailors and officers in their various messes and workplaces before returning to shore.…Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting for Business solution.New Gallery 2014/11/6originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 993height 660originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 994height 663originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 991height 662originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMwidth 991height 661Commodore Leavy said that he was very interested to see the state of Success after her recent maintenance period, especially as the ship is shortly deploying in support of Operation MANITOU.In previous deployments our frigates have been assigned to clear and well understood fields of operation – anti-piracy, drug interdiction and so on – and they have performed very well.In Success’s case we will have a ship which will interact far more broadly with our partners as she fulfils her primary job of replenishment at sea. Success will have the opportunity to give our Navy greater visibility to all coalition nations with maritime assets in the region.[mappress mapid=”14350″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Mission View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Rebuilding Mother Russia

first_imgWhen Putin came into power in 1999, Russia was going through one of the harshest economic crises in its recent history. Now the Russian economy is among the strongest in the world, and still growing. This has had a huge effect on the lives of ordinary Russians. The average monthly wage has risen from a paltry $65 in 1999 to $540 in 2007. Foreign luxury goods are now commonly available in Russian cities, and not the preserve of the super-rich. Poverty levels have almost halved; unemployment has fallen by 3.5 million, or around 40%. All in all, life in Russia is (economically speaking) overwhelmingly better now than it was eight years ago.But that isn’t all. What matters to Russians as much as – if not more than – Putin’s economic reforms is that he has restored their pride in Russia. When they see Putin refusing to extradite Lugovoi to Britain, standing up to American proposals to build a missile shield in Eastern Europe, or defying threats against his life to travel to Iran, they feel that he has forced other countries to give Russia the respect it deserves once again. Russians have a fierce love for their country, and in putting Russia back on the world map, Putin has won their hearts.It is often surprising for a foreigner to hear Russians say that life was better under the communists than it was in the years following perestroika (Gorbachev’s program economic reforms in the late 80’s). In some countries of the former USSR where life is still hard – and in the poorer parts of Russia – people are still saying it. The reason they give is that in those days, it was easier to get by, and that is what is important. It is surprising for us because, according to the moral bran we have grown up eating for breakfast, a free and democratic political system is the only kind of political system worth having: it is from this point only that any other ideas and hopes we might have can grow.But on what basis do we believe this? Putin is often criticized by western analysts for reversing many of Yeltsin’s democratic reforms. This is denounced by those campaigning for democracy and freedom of speech, but, for the majority of Russians, it has not been a negative step: they don’t mind what Putin’s politics are – however abhorrent we may find them – because life is getting better. Who are we to tell them how they should want their country run?Natasha tells me: “You don’t understand Russia. We do not care about politics – we care about Russia. All I know is this: Vladimir Putin has made the word ‘Russia’ mean something again.” To us, Russian allegiance to Putin often seems incomprehensible. In the western media, Putin is characteristically portrayed as a rather shady character, a power-hungry former KGB agent. His record on human rights is appalling. Russia is second only to Iraq in terms of the number of journalists killed there. The press is notoriously biased, with all three of the major television networks linked to the Kremlin. The Russian military policy in Chechnya is equally dubious, with reports of torture and murder of civilians by the Russian army. Corruption persists in Russia’s institutions.With all these problems, it may seem hard to understand how Russians can still have affection and respect towards Putin, but they really do. He commands around seventy percent of the vote. His recent announcement that he will consider standing for Prime Minister when his term as President comes to an end was greeted with widespread celebrations.At his annual live phone-in event, in which Russian people are invited to send in questions which he then answers on a live TV show, Putin was seen laughing and smiling, at ease with his adoring public. Here is one exchange:Caller: I don’t want to speak to you, presenter, I just want to speak to the President.Presenter: If you ask your question, the President will answer…Putin: I’m listening.Caller: Is that you?Putin: Yes, it’s me.Caller: Is that really you?Putin: Really.Caller: Oh my goodness, thank you so much, thank you so much for everything!And with that she hung up. Such adulation is not uncommon in Russia. So why do Russians feel this way about Putin, a man who to many western eyes is corrupt and dangerous? It is a sweltering July day: the Russian weather, like the Russian soul, is a creature of passionate extremes. Natasha and I are sitting in the garden of her dacha in the abundant countryside, just a half hour drive from her flat in the centre of St. Petersburg where I have been lodging for the past month. We get on well: we share interests in travel, literature and music, we make each other laugh (Natasha has a sharp sense of irony). She makes allowances for my faltering Russian; I know how to make the right noises when she produces a jar of home-made, home-grown, utterly disgusting fruit kampot (translation: sludge). Natasha is intelligent, well-educated, and well-travelled. Under the USSR, she trained as an engineer; now she is a journalist for a local newspaper. We are discussing the recent diplomatic furore over the murder of Alexander Litvinenko; tentatively, I suggest that the Russians and the British have two very different ways of looking at the issues – it all depends on your point of view. Natasha explodes:“It is double standards – British imperialism. You want us to give Lugovoi to Britain, but you refuse to give the criminal Berezovsky to Russia. It is an insult to the Russian nation. So please tell me how there can be another point of view!”I hesitate. Suddenly I am not so sure… what is the other point of view?On November 23rd last year, Alexander Litvinenko died after three weeks of media frenzy at his bedside. Litvinenko (author of articles such as Is Vladimir Putin A Paedophile?) had been an outspoken critic of the Russian government and Putin in particular. After his death it was discovered that he had been poisoned by a rare radioactive isotope, polonium-210. On the day he fell ill, he had lunch with a pair of former KGB agents.Litvinenko’s murder was the stuff of spy novels. The six-month investigation followed a radioactive trail through London’s restaurants and hotels, on to British Airways planes, and finally to a reactor in a Russian nuclear power plant. On the 28th May, the Foreign Office issued an official request to Moscow for the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi, in order to try him in Britain for Litvinenko’s murder. Moscow refused. Britain responded by expelling four Russian diplomats from London; a week later, Moscow expelled four British diplomats. Russo-British relations were the chilliest they had been since the cold war.center_img The British and Russian sides have since found themselves in mutually uncomprehending deadlock. The British were appalled that a British citizen could be murdered in Britain, and his assassin walk free. One outraged contributor to the BBC website wrote: “For foreign assassins to murder someone on the streets of London using a radioactive device which has infected goodness-knows how many other people is completely shocking.”Russians see things rather differently. First of all, it would have been contrary to the Russian constitution for Russia to extradite Lugovoi, since Russia has no extradition treaty with the UK. But anyone familiar with Russian politics knows that that is no real obstacle: Russian law is so full of ambiguities and loopholes that, with a bit of political will, most things are possible. The real sticking-point for Russians is the double standards which Britain seems to have applied when dealing with the matter. Natasha explains it to me: Russia has submitted numerous requests for the extradition of Boris Berezovsky, a billionaire oligarch and political dissident who is wanted in Russia on charges of fraud and corruption. Why should Russia hand over Lugovoi to Britain when Britain refuses to extradite Berezovsky?What’s more, she says, Britain’s actions in the whole affair show a fundamental disrespect for Russia, what she’s so fond of calling ‘British imperialism’. Russia offered to try Lugovoi in a Russian court, but Britain declined the offer. This, she says, is indicative of Britain’s patronizing and offensive attitude towards Russia.Unsurprisingly, the Russian media agreed with Natasha’s version of events. Lugovoi was presented as the victim of slanderous allegations; people came forward to tell how they had been approached by the British secret service to spy on Russia. Nearly everyone I talked to felt that Russia’s pride had been insulted by Britain’s actions, and that standing up to Britain was the right thing for Putin to have done. last_img read more

Bayonne Little League games of May 3

first_imgMinor League Bielan Law beat Borker Transmission, 8-5. Logan Servodio, Chris Lopez, Jared Edwards, Patrick Cena and Ethan Villacres combined on a no-hitter, struck out nine and walked 12; Jared swung a big bat for Bielan with a double and a single and Chris had a base hit. Major LeagueUnico defeated Attisano, 16-7. After being behind 7-6 in the sixth inning, Unico staged a ten run rally in the top half of the inning to take the lead. Mike Cordero drew a free ticket, then scored the tying run on a double by Mike Wermann, then Mike scored the go-ahead run on Brenden Devine’s base hit, Unico added to the lead with a combination of walks, a fielder’s choice abd and a bases clearing triple by Steven Kass, in addition to the triple, Steven also had two base knocks, Aiden Milachouski also had two hits, including a triple, Brenden also added another base hit in the big sixth inning while Christian Hampton and contributed base hits. Steven and Christian divided the pitching chores by giving up nine hits, sending eight batters to bench via the strikeout route and issuing four free tickets with Hampton picking up the victory. Justin Perry lead Attisano with two hits, including a double, Aidan Rosario had a triple while Jake Sullivan Adrian Pardo, Jadiero Estavez, Anthony Devaney, London Ridley and Nicky Weimmer all had base hits.last_img read more

Coming up next week

first_imgl Insider columnist Tony Phillips takes issue with “unnecessary” qualificationsl We explore the facts behind sugar in wholemeal breadl British Baker staff attend Unifine’s Ingredients in Action day at its development kitchen suite in Milton Keynesl And watch out for the snacks column in our regular launch pad sectionlast_img

What is this year’s cronut?

first_imgBritish Baker is broadcasting a live web event next month that will help your business identify the key trends in bakery in 2014.We will be looking at highlights of our forthcoming Bakery Market Report, a conclusive look at the UK retail bakery market that incorporates our BB75 tracker of bakery retail businesses.The event will focus on trading on the high street, NPD and the key consumer trends. Who knows, it could help you identify this year’s must-have trend, like last year’s cronut, and give YOU that competitive edge in your bakery business.To register just click here. The event will feature talks and discussions with:David Smart, managing director, Greenhalgh’s & George Fuller, Fuller’s – How craft bakery chains are surviving and prosperingMike Holling, executive director, Craft Baking Association – How the Craft Bakers’ Association can benefit youChris Brockman, Mintel – Wider bakery trendsMartyn Leek, editor, British Baker & Patrick McGuigan, Bakery Market Report’s author – Analysis of the Bakery Market ReportThe web broadcast is sponsored by Dawn, Rank Hovis, Eurowire, Tetley and Unox.If you miss the event as it is aired live there is also the chance to view it on demand, but you need to register firstTo table a question to our panel of experts please email [email protected] To purchase a copy of the Bakery Market Report see here. Please note it will not be published at a later date in the magazine as it has been previously.last_img read more

One-Week Stand! Justin Matthew Sargent Returns to Rock of Ages

first_img Justin Matthew Sargent Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 18, 2015 Star Files View Comments Sargent was most recently seen on the Main Stem as the title character in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. Other stage credits include Bonnie and Clyde, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar and High School Musical. Rock of Ages Rock of Ages opened on Broadway on April 7, 2009 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Featuring a score of classic rock hits including “Here I Go Again,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the jukebox musical tells the story of Drew, an aspiring rock star who moves to Los Angeles to make his dreams come true. Related Shows Here he goes again! Rock of Ages alum Justin Matthew Sargent is reprising the role of Drew in place of Aaron C. Finley in the Broadway production. A spokesperson confirmed that he’ll be performing in the show for one-week-only while Finley is out due to illness.last_img read more

Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Death of… Extends Off-Broadway

first_img‘The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World’ Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 18, 2016 Suzan-Lori Parks’ The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World has extended by a week off-Broadway; the production will now play through December 18. Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, the show began previews on October 25 and will officially open on November 13 at Signature Theatre’s The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center.A woman tries to feed her husband a fried drumstick. Dragons roam a flat earth. The last Black man in the whole entire world dies again. And again. Careening through memory and language, Parks explores and explodes archetypes of Black America with piercing insight and raucous comedy.The cast includes William DeMeritt as Voice on Thuh Tee V, Nike Kadri as Yes and Greens Black-Eyed Peas Cornbread, Patrena Murray as Ham, Reynaldo Piniella as And Bigger and Bigger and Bigger, Julian Rozzell as Old Man River Jordan, Roslyn Ruff as Black Woman with Fried Drumstick, Mirirai Sithole as Prunes and Prisms, David Ryan Smith as Before Columbus, Daniel J. Watts as Black Man with Watermelon, Jamar Williams as Lots of Grease and Lots of Pork and Amelia Workman as Queen-Then-Pharaoh Hatshepsut. View Commentscenter_img The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World Related Showslast_img read more