People intentionally spreading coronavirus could be charged with terrorism

first_imgOn Tuesday, a Justice Department memo was sent out to US attorneys nationwide saying any individual who purposely spreads COVID-19 could be charged with terrorism for the “purposeful exposure and infection of others.”Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in the memo to federal law enforcement agencies and US attorneys that “such acts potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes.”“Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated,” Rosen said.The memo stresses the steps that the federal government is willing to take as the virus continues to spread in the US.UPDATED: U.S. Has the Most COVID-19 Cases; Supplies Headed for NY; No FEMA Test Site for PBC Rosen also said those who are scamming people and attempting to sell fake cures will face consequences.“Capitalizing on this crisis to reap illicit profits or otherwise preying on Americans is reprehensible and will not be tolerated,” Rosen wrote.last_img read more

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Melissa Piacentini wins CHA Player of the Year award

first_imgMelissa Piacentini has won the College Hockey America Player of the Year award, per Syracuse Athletics. The senior finished the regular season with 30 points, good for fourth in the conference, as well as a league-leading and career-high 21 assists. She has set several school records, including a program-best 112 points, 53 points, and 59 assists. In addition, senior Nicole Renault was named the CHA Defenseman of the Year while also being named to the CHA All-Conference First Team. Renault finished the season with 18 total points.Sophomore Stephanie Grossi, who finished third in the conference with 33 points, was also named to the CHA All-Conference First Team. Sophomore Megan Quinn and junior Jessica Sibley were named to the CHA All-Conference second team. Syracuse plays Penn State in semifinals of the CHA Tournament at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The tournament is being hosted at the HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on March 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Buffalo City empowers hawkers

first_imgLungiswa Mama (left), whose stall is at the Mdantsane Highway taxi rank, was one of 90 informal traders who completed the Hawkers Capacity Building and Training Programme.(Image: Shamin Chibba) For Lungiswa Mama, an informal trader from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, business at the Highway taxi rank will never be the same. As of this week, her fruit and vegetable stall will reap profits she has only dreamed of – until now.This is because Mama and 89 other informal traders from East London, King William’s Town and Mdantsane recently completed the Hawkers Capacity Building and Training Programme.Earlier in December the 90 hawkers were commended at a graduation ceremony at the East London City Hall.The training programme is the brainchild of the Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) who had set aside R400 000 for this year’s course.Speaking at the ceremony, BCM mayor Zukisa Faku said that findings indicated that there were more hawkers than formal businesses in the city.“It can be proved by the fact that one finds up to three hawkers’ stalls in front of a single shop in town, not to mention the fruit and vegetable vendors who do not have stalls. The municipality can therefore not ignore this industry,” she said.“In this financial year, we will have to maximise the municipality’s job creation potential, and open new and affordable markets for our people to pursue.”BCM providing business knowledgeAccording to Samkelo Gqeba, BCM’s communications officer, the goal of the course is to equip hawkers with knowledge that will enable them to grow their business. “The course is aimed at building the capacity of street traders to enhance the growth and sustainability of their businesses, through the provision of business skills training.”Gqeba added that hawkers ran their ventures haphazardly because of poor of financial management and their failure to diversify their business.Therefore, the curriculum was divided into five parts, namely basic bookkeeping, stock control, health and hygiene, marketing and customer care, and costing.The programme began in 2007 after the BCM’s research discovered that hawkers, particularly at the Highway taxi rank, played an important role in the area’s economic development, and boosted job creation. It also found that many hawkers had neither the knowledge nor the access to information needed to grow. Since then, the municipality’s Mdantsane One Stop Shop has conducted the course.According to One Stop Shop coordinator Khungeka Somnono, these subjects covered aspects of business the hawkers were previously unaware of.“Participants have gained a lot from the training because they did not know certain things such as the need to register a business.”She said the training has helped hawkers understand the basic principles of running a successful enterprise. “Now they have learned they must have a bank account and save their profits. Others did not know about stock control. They only placed orders as they wished,” she said.Mama said the knowledge gained from the training has helped her business to soar.“I was taught how to deal with different types of customers in a professional manner. Now I am reaping the rewards because I am able to retain old customers and attract new ones.”The BCM course has also inspired her to tackle issues such as slow trade in the middle of the week.“The training has taught me to think out of the box and look for other business. I have decided to sell airtime to supplement my profits,” said Mama.last_img read more

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How ARods 3000 Hits Stack Up

Hot Takedown: How Big Is A-Rod’s Asterisk?Subscribe to our sports podcast on iTunes. Late last week, New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez added another milestone to what has been a renaissance of a 2015 season, joining the venerated 3,000-hit club with a home run against Detroit’s Justin Verlander. The accomplishment prompted much debate over whether A-Rod had tarnished the club with his history of using performance-enhancing drugs — and even whether such numbers can be meaningfully compared across different eras of baseball.Call me naive, but when it comes to cross-era comparisons, I don’t think we have to give up the ball and head for the locker room. We can’t necessarily account for who used PEDs and who didn’t, but sabermetrics does have a long history of adjusting player stats for the environments in which they were produced. For instance, here’s a look at how easy it was to compare how many hits per plate appearance were made in the major leagues each season going back to 1901:(The metric is indexed so that 100 represents the average hits-per-plate-appearance rate since 1901.)By this accounting, Rodriguez’s hit total hasn’t been especially inflated by the era in which he played, relative to the entirety of MLB history. Early in his career, hits were easier to come by than the historical average, but a recent string of offensively suppressed seasons have brought A-Rod’s career hitting environment metric down to an almost perfectly average index of 100.3.Of course, we can also adjust for schedule length — normalizing shorter seasons to 162 games — and park factors, both of which do cut into A-Rod’s raw hit count. Among members of the 3,000-hit club, only seven played in more favorable stadiums for hitters than Rodriguez has in his career, and only Derek Jeter and Lou Brock get less of a boost for playing fewer than 162 games per season than A-Rod does. (The schedule adjustment pro-rates Rodriguez’s hits upward by a mere 0.7 percent.)After all of the adjustments are made for era, park and schedule, A-Rod loses 48 hits from his actual total. That’s not the most of any player — Coors Field lifer Todd Helton gets docked more than 356 hits — but it is enough to make A-Rod the only player currently in the 3,000-hit club who would not be a member under the adjusted hits metric. While he will probably hit his way into the adjusted club, too, before very long, the 48 hits he loses under the adjustments is the third most of any actual 3,000-hit club member, most of whom gained hits in the adjustment process.So the critics are right, to a certain extent: Rodriguez has benefited from favorable conditions to join an elite statistical club. But the degree to which his numbers were inflated because of his era has been negligible — with the shortfall mainly owing to differences in park factors and schedule lengths — and he’s only 45 “adjusted hits” shy of 3,000 even after his numbers are tweaked.There’s plenty of room to debate about how much to handicap Rodriguez’s numbers for his performance-enhancing drug use. But putting that aside, Rodriguez has outhit his peers practically as much as many other fellow 3,000-hit club member. read more

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15 passengers rescued after fishing boat washes ashore in Mission Beach

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Lifeguards rescued 15 passengers after a fishing boat ran aground in Mission Beach Friday.The boat crashed south of Belmont Park around 5 a.m. The ship, a 65-foot-long motor vessel named Pacifica, was returning from a one-and-a half-day fishing trip in Mexico.Passengers were asleep when the boat began to idle and move slowly to shore. Lifeguards, the U.S. Coast Guard, the San Diego Police Department and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department helped rescue the 15 passengers aboard, including five crew members. No injuries were reported.“We felt something hit hard,” a passenger told reporters. “We woke up wondering (what was) going on.”A tug boat began pulling the boat back out to sea about an hour later and the boat was moved offshore by 6:30 a.m.The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the incident. June 28, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Breaking news this morning: a 65 foot fishing boat ran aground in Mission Beach this morning at 4:45am. 15 passengers, 5 crew members. No one was hurt. They were returning from a day and a half fishing trip from Mexico. @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/qqm2ysX5U7— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) June 28, 2019 15 passengers rescued after fishing boat washes ashore in Mission Beach Allie Wagner Updated: 9:45 AM Posted: June 28, 2019 Allie Wagner, last_img read more

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E Railway pitches for womens security hygiene

first_imgThe Eastern Railway has stepped up efforts to improve the quality of services, including catering and security, provided to the passengers in the trains and railway stations. Women’s security is on the top agenda of the Eastern Railway with lady constables being provided in trains, officials said on Monday. Under Swachh Bharat Mission special drives across railway premises are also being conducted. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”Ladies Special Trains (EMU) are escorted. Late night EMUs and early morning EMUs are also escorted, including by lady constables. Extra vigil is kept by escort parties over ladies compartments of mail, express and passenger trains,” an official said, explaining about the steps taken by the Eastern Railway for women’s security.  The Eastern Railway has also conducted drive against males travelling in ladies compartments and 16, 310 persons were apprehended. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIn a bid to improve the quality of food, regular inspections and week long drives are undertaken by officials, and all the officers travelling on duty have been instructed to inspect pantry car and food quality. “We undertake intensive cleaning of pantry cars and officials undertake random inspection of pantry cars and on-board catering services. Drastic action is taken for any lapse,” an official said, explaining about the steps taken to improve the quality of services.  Talking about the future plans to improve catering services, he said that sites for base kitchen at Howrah, Sealdah and Asansol have been selected.Besides trains, special effort are being taken to clean the railway stations also.  “Mechanized cleaning has been introduced in all A1, AII and most B&C category stations. Rag picking contracts, garbage removal contracts at all A1, A, B,C &D category stations have recently started,” an official said. The workshops of the Railways like Kanchrapara, Liluah, Jamalpur have also performed well and given good outputs as per expectations.last_img read more

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