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first_imgStrict coronavirus lockdowns in Guatemala and El Salvador have so battered local economies that hundreds of families are flying white flags outside their homes or waving them in the street: not in surrender, but to seek food and assistance.After 50 days of lockdown that has snuffed out their livelihoods, Ana Orellana and three neighbors put up a white flag and a sign asking for food on the graffiti-scrawled concrete boarding house they share in central San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.Orellana, a street vendor of coffee, said that since the government ordered people to stay home in March, she has had no income to pay for food or the $75 monthly rent on the room she inhabits alone in the building. Now she takes turns with her neighbors to scavenge throwaway food at a city market. “I go looking through the bins where the rubbish is,” the 51-year-old said. “I go to the Tiendona market to get stuff, because we really don’t have tomatoes or onions now, and we make a tomato stew here without oil, just parboiled.”Alongside the white flag is a misspelled sign over a boarded up window saying “we were not beneficiaries” to signal they did not receive a $300 voucher issued in March by President Nayib Bukele to 1.5 million poor families, about three-quarters of the population.The bleak outlook for Orellana and her companions extends deep into Central America and much of Latin America, where the pandemic threatens to worsen chronic poverty among the millions of people who live hand-to-mouth.Food protests have broken out in countries including Venezuela and Chile. El Salvador and neighboring Guatemala, two of the poorest countries in the Americas, have borne some of the strictest quarantine measures. In towns and villages across the two countries, hundreds of signs have gone up asking for food, and people have taken to the streets to wave white flags in distress.Food parcels from the national government and donations from ordinary people have helped to alleviate some of the want, but resources are stretched.”We’re worried about the virus and food, because if the virus doesn’t kill us, hunger will,” said Jose Rodriguez, 69, a street vendor who lives in another San Salvador boarding house with 100 other people. “We desperately need things to eat.”Guatemala’s government says it has delivered nearly 190,000 food boxes to over 1.2 million people, about 7% of the population. In El Salvador, security forces began handing out 1.7 million bags of food to the poor on Sunday.Color codingAfter Guatemala’s government erected the first sanitary cordon around the impoverished municipality of Patzun on April 5 to contain the virus, hundreds of cut-off residents began putting up rags and white cloths in a call for help.Pictures of the houses festooned with white signs began to circulate on social media, and the phenomenon soon spread to other parts of Guatemala, and eventually, El Salvador.Micaela Ventura, a 24-year-old shoe seller in Guatemala City, started using a flag about six weeks ago.”We put it out because we need food,” she said, “because we have nothing to give our children, and can’t pay for our room.”A color coding system has developed in Guatemala. Red flags indicate medicines are needed, black alert the police to violence, and yellow ones to attacks on children.Guatemala has reported 45 deaths and 2,265 infections from the virus, while El Salvador has confirmed 32 fatalities and 1,640 cases. Neighboring Honduras, where the poor have also gone out to beg for food, has registered 3,100 cases and 151 deaths.Traditionally, those who see no future for themselves in the three countries, which have long been plagued by violence, have emigrated to the United States by any means possible.Maria Jauria, a 21-year-old housewife and mother of two living in the central Guatemalan department of Chimaltenango, said there was so little work that her bricklayer husband has had to start selling the very things he needs for his job.”We’ve been going out with the white flags for a month, and yes, some people have helped us out with food,” she said. “But the truth is, my husband has been selling his tools so we have something to eat.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgJambi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) head Rahmat Saleh has said the agency is to release a rescued large saltwater crocodile into the wild at Berbak Sembilang National Park.The agency previously rescued the crocodile after it entered a residential area. The 4.5-meter-long crocodile was found inside a pit by Catur Rahayu village residents in Dendang district, East Tanjab regency. The crocodile was suspected to have make its way to the village from a river located next to the residential area.Read also: 50-year-old crocodile dies in Bangka, two days after capture Prior to the rescue, the villagers tied up the crocodile for safety reasons as it became a public spectacle. It took some time for the agency to rescue the crocodile as the BKSDA office is located far from the village.Rahmat also explained that the crocodile was taken to Jambi’s animal care center after being rescued, where it would have a health examination from vets. The crocodile is to be released into the wild thereafter.“We plan to release it into Berbak Sembilang National Park, because it is a habitat for crocodiles,” Rahmat said as quoted by kompas.com on Tuesday. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

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first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Gov. Tom Wolf and state emergency management officials are urging citizens to monitor weather conditions as a strong storm system moves across the state today, bringing the potential for severe thunderstorms. Beginning this afternoon and lasting into late evening, severe thunderstorms can produce damaging wind and hail, along with a few tornadoes, isolated flash flooding, and dangerous lightning.“With severe weather in the forecast, we’re encouraging citizens to use caution and to stay tuned into weather reports for any important news as inclement weather develops,” Gov. Wolf said. “A smartphone can be a great resource for updates, but don’t rely on just one device. Ensuring you can receive updates from multiple sources during bad weather is very important.”According to the National Weather Service, severe weather is expected to occur throughout much of the commonwealth, particularly late this morning through the evening. Strong winds could bring down trees and power lines, due to ground saturation from recent rainfall, and the possibilities of tornados remains elevated.“Severe weather can be difficult to predict and localize, particularly in larger storm systems. Monitoring local news for updates is always a good way to stay on top of things,” said PEMA Acting Director Randy Padfield. “Our agency is prepared to assist local and county emergency management personnel with any unmet needs that may arise.”Padfield said it is important for the public to understand the difference between a watch and a warning because each represents a different level of action to be taken.• A watch means that conditions are favorable for a weather condition to occur. Residents should stay alert and monitor conditions related to the weather condition.• A warning means that there are already reports of the weather condition or that it is about to occur. Residents should take immediate action to mitigate their exposure.Padfield said motorists should stay alert when traveling during periods of severe storms. Flood waters can rise quickly. Never drive through a flooded roadway – more than half of all flooding deaths occur in cars. While water on a flooded roadway might not look deep, the roadway could be washed away under the water, or the road could be compromised in a way that could make it unsafe to travel.Always follow the guidance of local emergency personnel or law enforcement if you encounter roadblocks or closures. State law mandates that motorists who drive around or through signs or traffic control devices closing a road or highway due to hazardous conditions will have two points added to their driving records and be fined up to $250. Penalties are higher if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard warning signs. Gov. Wolf Urges Citizens to Monitor Local Forecasts, Be Alert for Severe Weather Threats May 23, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_img Loading… “He’s a very good player. I think I used to see with my eyes he’s looking like Robin van Persie. He can shoot with both feet, he’s a very intelligent player, young and is not afraid. read also:Man Utd loanee Ighalo open to Super Eagles’ return “Anto [Martial] is a very skillful, good striker who scores goals. Marcus [Rashford] always wants the ball. He can run behind defenders. He can come and get the ball to feet and shoot from any angle. “These guys are very good, very young guys and I’m grateful to be playing with this set of strikers.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has likened Mason Greenwood to Robin van Persie. Ighalo has impressed at Old Trafford Ighalo says he sees clear similarities between the pair. The Nigerian told the club’s official website when asked the analyse his attacking competition: “I will start with Greenwood.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgAs the impeachment inquiry rolls along, there is a Florida connection.The Miami Herald reports two Ukrainian-American businessmen in Florida, Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, played a key role in connecting Rudy Giuliani to top officials in Ukraine. Miami Herald investigative reporter Nicholas Nehamas joined CBSN to share what he found and how the two are connected to the president.last_img

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first_img(BBC) – TWO-TIME Olympian and world cycling champion Caroline Buchanan has suffered serious injuries in a car accident in her native Australia.Buchanan, 27, posted an image on Instagram of herself in hospital, with a bloodied face and wearing a neck brace.She wrote that she had a broken nose and sternum and a collapsed lung.Local media reported the accident involved a single vehicle and happened in New South Wales, but further details were not yet clear.“I wouldn’t say 2017 ended quite as planned. It’s been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll,” Buchanan said in her caption.“I just moved to a private room and everything is moving in a positive recovery direction.”She wished her followers a happy new year and said “off season just got a little more tough!!” in a post that has drawn thousands of comments.Buchanan has three BMX and five mountain bike world titles, and competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.Most recently she took out the mountain bike 4-cross world title in August and was named Canberra’s female athlete-of-the-year in November.last_img read more

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first_imgTucked behind the familiar food courts and fountains of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center lies the Rapp Engineering Building, home to USC’s Rocket Propulsion Laboratory. Enter through an unsuspecting door nestled in the back alley, and you’ll be greeted by the smell of machine grease, the whisper of a nearby wind tunnel and a fleet of retired rockets adorning the walls and ceiling. Here, undergraduate student engineers are working tirelessly to realize their mission to send a rocket into space.The magic number is 328,084 feet, more than 200 times the height that the Goodyear Blimp flies over the Coliseum during game days. Recently, the engineers at RPL have been getting even closer to their goals with some exciting projects. Last November, engineers of the RPL launched a rocket in the Mojave Desert that reached 25,000 feet and traveled at a speed of Mach 1.1, faster than the speed of sound. The Déjà Vu rocket was considered a great success by the engineers of the RPL not only for its height and speed but also for its aerodynamics.According to Allie Gehris, a junior majoring in astronautical engineering and chief propulsion engineer and communications officer of RPL, the Déjà Vu’s success was the result of learning from RPL’s past mistakes.“We have had a lot of trouble aerodynamically in past rockets, and we’ve worked it out with some number crunching and problem solving,” Gehris said.Compared to previous rockets, Déjà Vu flew in a much straighter path and its functions operated mostly as predicted. Those who missed out on the spectacle of the November launch will have the opportunity to see the Déja Vu in action again, as the engineers of the RPL designed the rocket to be reusable, hence the name.But RPL’s newest rocket is expected to shine even brighter than Déjà Vu. The engineers at RPL project that the rocket could reach speeds of Mach 4 — four times the speed of sound — and heights of 180,000 feet. In addition, they predict that the newest rocket will have improved aerodynamics, since that has received so much attention in the design process. The still unnamed rocket is currently nearing the end of the design and planning phase, as minor parts are being fabricated. Once completed, the rocket will launch from the Black Rock Desert. Gehris encourages all who are interested to join the electric environment.“On launch days, there’s a ton of energy in the atmosphere, there are a lot of last minute to dos and everybody is making sure that they’re system is going to be perfect,” Gehris said. Everybody is jittery with nervous energy. All of your work, hopes, and dreams are sitting on a launch rail.”Involvement in the RPL is open to any student of any major with no GPA requirement. Although members are mostly Viterbi majors, the team has members from Dornsife and Marshall informing the process as well.According to Michael Thorson, a sophomore studying astronautical engineering, RPL can serve as a great learning experience even for those who have never built a rocket before.“There is a general acceptance of any skill level,” Thorson said. “Come to rocket lab with no experience and be taught to build a rocket from scratch.”Thorson joined the rocket lab last year, and since then has learned a variety of skills in rocket engineering. His role in the next rocket includes laying composites for the structure of the rocket, specifically the nose cone and the motor case. Members are encouraged to contribute what they’re passionate about, according to Thorson.“If you want to build a circuit-board, you can do that too,” Thorson said.In addition to high level math skills, complex engineering, and brilliant problem solving, these students bring an element of Trojan pride to their work. Rockets designed to potentially reach space are named after the school’s mascot, Traveller. So far the team has built many iterations of the Traveler series of rockets, eagerly awaiting the day that one of them will leave the planet’s atmosphere.The organization’s drive toward its goal is strong, and Gehris notes that rocket clubs are being created at more and more universities across the country.“There’s a lot of competition with other schools,” Gehris said. “UC San Diego has the goal to sent a rocket into space. Among other schools there’s Embry-Riddle, Boston University, and [University of Maine], they’ve all recently had some rocket clubs pop up. Stanford wants to be the first to send a university built rocket to space. They also want to build two satellites, and a high altitude balloon.”last_img read more

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first_imgFIFA’s former advisors have criticised the governing body for a lack of transparency over investigations into the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Transparency International, the anti-corruption campaign group, has also questioned why so few details have emerged about the reasons for the lifetime ban imposed on former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has defended the world governing body, insisting it is down to the independent ethics committee – which has said it is looking into the World Cup bidding – to publicise any investigations.Sylvia Schenk, Transparency International’s senior advisor on sport who had worked with FIFA until cutting ties in 2011, said FIFA’s credibility was at stake.She told the Press Association: “We are back to square one – we asked one and a half years ago for an independent investigation into all the allegations about the World Cup bidding and we still do not know what is going on.“If the investigation into the awarding of World Cups in 2018 and 2022 is not transparent, few people will believe its outcome and FIFA will lose credibility.” Bin Hammam was banned in December by the ethics committee for life but the only reason given was for conflicts of interest while he was president of the Asian Football Confederation.Schenk added: “No one knows what kind of conflict of interest we are talking about. Conflict of interest is usually viewed as less bad behaviour than corruption, yet Bin Hammam is banned for life while all the people charged with corruption by FIFA in 2010 received two or three-year bans.“Lots of other people in FIFA have had allegations against them of conflict of interest but nothing has happened.”FIFA last year appointed US attorney Michael J Garcia as head of the investigations arm of the ethics committee, and German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert chairman of the adjudicatory arm.Schenk claimed that Garcia could not be viewed as totally independent as he is paid by FIFA.last_img read more

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first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has given the strongest indication yet that Radamel Falcao will not stay at Old Trafford next season.The Dutch manager was asked about the misfiring Colombian, who has struggled ever since his loan arrival on deadline day last summer, and his words offered no crumb of comfort to a player who has struggled with form and fitness for two full seasons now.Van Gaal confirmed that the 29-year-old has been given ample chance to make his mark, yet failed to do so – though he did soften the blow by suggesting that fortune had played a part.”Falcao has been given the chance to be in the team this season. You can say he is unlucky – he has the quality to play,” said Van Gaal, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.”I like him and the way he played against Chelsea last week. He was unlucky he didn’t score.”Van Gaal then went on to clarify that there is no animosity between them – but that it would not stop him from waving goodbye, as he has done with other players. “I like Falcao as a human being, just as I like Danny Welbeck and Chicharito – they are always professional,” he added.”But when you are not in the team for season after season, there comes a time when you need a challenge. “That’s why I have said goodbye to Welbeck and Chicharito. And now I have to talk with Falcao.”The Manchester Evening News also printed quotes from Monaco chief Vadim Vasilyev, insisting that no decision has yet been taken.”I saw the Manchester United people last Sunday and they have not yet decided if they would exercise the option,” the Russian said.”It’s not his best season, but they kept the opportunity to make a decision at the end of the season. “We are not in any other negotiations, even if big clubs are interested. The decision is with Manchester, then we will discuss with the player what he wants.”OUR VIEWIt’s long been clear that this decision is coming, and judging from Van Gaal’s words – and most damningly the comparison with the likes of Welbeck – there is now no way back. It’s sad to see a once-great talent so dimmed, for the Atletico Madrid-vintage Falcao in full cry really was a sight to see.–last_img read more

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first_img NBA free agency: Steve Kerr explains Warriors’ decision to sign Andrew Bogut Warriors star Klay Thompson is “good to go” Friday against the Nuggets after missing two games due to a knee injury.”Just got to keep it moving,” Thompson said of his knee. “Mobility is good.” Thompson initially injured himself during the Warriors’ loss to Orlando last week when he banged his knee on the floor. He was sidelined for Saturday’s 120-117 victory over the 76ers and then again Tuesday when his team fell to the Celtics, 128-95. Thompson explained that it was hard for him to sit out of those contests. Klay Thompson says he’s “good to go” tonight pic.twitter.com/GW33RiSDUi— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 8, 2019″We won in Philly, wasn’t easy to watch. Tough game against Boston. For anyone who competes at this level, you always want to be out there. It is a rigorous season — 82 games — but you want to be there for your teammates every night,” Thompson said. “Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the sport and you try to minimize those as much as possible but when you are out, you just try to make it as short as possible. … I’ve been trying my hardest to get back out there.” Related News Thompson, 29, is averaging 22 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from 3-point range.The Warriors (44-20) enter Friday’s matchup at the top of the Western Conference, just one game ahead of the Nuggets (43-21).last_img read more

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