Speech: Facing a Grave Challenge to International Peace and Security

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Speech: Facing a Grave Challenge to International Peace and Security

first_imgThank you very much Mr President. Thank you to Staffan [de Mistura] and his team for briefing us today.Mr President, I find it incredible that we should have to rehearse for the benefit of the Syrian authorities why the UN needs to be involved in Syria.It isn’t a matter of national sovereignty that there are over a million refugees.It isn’t a matter of national sovereignty that there are 400,000 dead in Syria.This is a threat to international peace and security.It is right that the UN is involved. The UN has been involved on the humanitarian side. It’s involved on the refugee side. It’s involved in the health side. It is absolutely front and centre right that it should be involved in the political process.So I will go further than you, Staffan; you talked about a serious challenge. I think we actually face a grave challenge. We face a grave challenge to the way members of the United Nations cooperate with the United Nations. And as my American and French colleagues have said, we face a grave challenge in terms of the situation on the ground.And there’s now additionally enormous doubt over what Sochi was and what it now represents. Either Russia has given the UN and this Council assurances it has proved too weak to deliver on, or it was all a cynical smokescreen designed to divert attention and energy while Russia, Syria and Iran prosecuted the military campaign. And that military campaign has been brought to a halt only by the international outrage at the threat to three million civilians in Idlib, and then the Turks bravely stepped in and brokered an agreement designed to protect those civilians.So I think we need five things in support of what my French and American colleagues have said. We need clarity on the status of the Sochi agreement and these new proposals from the Syrian authorities. What do they mean? What does Russia, what do Iran think about them? We need clarity on what steps need to be taken by all the players before 19 November when Staffan you’ve offered to come back and brief the Council, and before the end of November when you step down. We need clarity that Russia – as a P5 member, an Astana guarantor, and the Sochi convener – along with Syria and Iran – will work constructively and tirelessly with the UN.All UN members have a responsibility to support you, Staffan, as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy. We need to hear today that that promise of constructive, tireless, dedicated engagement to bring this conflict to an end is there. We need the agreement on Idlib to hold. We need that opportunity that others have mentioned to be seized. We need the Constitutional Committee to be convened and I share the views of my American and French colleagues on that. We need humanitarian access to be improved, and we need 2254 to be upheld. The Council needs to come together to support the political process. Without the political process, this dreadful conflict will never truly end, whatever happens militarily on the ground.We look forward to further reports after the international meetings in the coming days, but I do believe Mr President that we must hear today from all Council members that they will support the UN as it tries its very best to move the political process forward.Thank you.last_img read more

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Brattleboro Retreat launches specialty psychiatric/addictions program for uniformed service workers

first_imgIn response to high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, domestic violence and mental health challenges among uniformed professionals (police, fire, military, EMTs, etc.) the Brattleboro Retreat is proud to announce the opening on Tuesday, August 11 of a new 16-bed, partial hospitalization program designed specifically to meet the unique mental health and addiction treatment needs of this population. Most participants will also take advantage of the program’s residential component, which offers single and double rooms in a newly renovated property on the Retreat campus.The Retreat’s new USW program is expected to help meet the largely unmet mental health and addiction treatment needs of uniformed professionals from locations and service branches (civilian and military) across the country. It will offer a host of treatment options in a highly confidential setting.  These options include individual and group therapy, medication management and drug and alcohol support groups, mindfulness-based training, stress and anger management and other psycho-education workshops, wellness training, recreation therapy and ongoing aftercare.“With less than a handful of similar services across the country, we’ve taken great care to design a program based on proven treatment approaches such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and others,” said James Bastien, director. “Our clinical staff includes individuals with personal experience in uniform—clinicians who have the experience and credibility that makes a big difference when uniformed professionals reach out for help.”To accommodate the new program, the Retreat has renovated both clinical and residential space on its campus. Participants will also have access, as needed, to the Retreat’s entire continuum of care including inpatient hospitalization and detox services—a unique feature not available elsewhere. “We are honored to be able to offer a place, and a staff, with the specialized knowledge and the credibility to help these professionals overcome their unique challenges,” added Bastien. “It’s about providing hope and healing to America’s heroes.”The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Nationally recognized for its premiere treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.Source: Brattleboro Retreat, August 11, 2009.last_img read more

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2015: So Much TV, So Little Time

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Every time I think back to the past year in television, I’m reminded of Andy Samberg’s clever introduction to the 2015 Emmy Awards: he suddenly escapes to an underground bunker and resurfaces a year later after finally watching the top shows of the year.Never have I’ve been so exhausted sitting on the couch than I was this year. Binge watching has become the norm in our household because we can hardly keep up with our favorite shows. Combine our maxed-out DVR with the ever-growing stack of newspapers and magazines under the coffee table, and it’s a shock we even make it out of the house!I’m not here to tell you which show was better than the rest. How could I? From cable, to network television and Netflix to Amazon, the deluge of content makes it nearly impossible to name a top show. If this so-called Golden Age of television has done anything, it has made it easier to weed out all the bad stuff on the tube—and they are legion.Here’s a brief recap of my favorites from this past year:Keri Russell and Matthew Rys play KGB spies in FX’s “The Americans.” (Photo credit: The Americans/Facebook)The AmericansDuring each awards season I mine the list of nominated shows carefully to see if The Americans has finally received its just due. Alas, FX’s incredible Cold War spy drama has been left out in the cold once again. You’d think those people responsible for nominating the top shows are still suffering from Cold War-fatigue. Their failure to give a nod to The Americans is proof that the award season is a bunch of corporate-manifested garbage designed to drive viewers to a supreme state of anxiousness so they fly to their TV screens and consume everything their advertisers so badly want them to watch. But I digress. For the uninitiated, The Americans follows Russian KGB spies Elizabeth and Philip in 1981 as they deftly balance their perceived ho-hum suburban life with their responsibilities to the Soviet Mother Land. Instinctively you want to hate the couple for their murderous misdeeds, but we’re left to root for them, if not for their sake, but for their two innocent children, one of whom has already been partly sucked in to their life of lies.(Photo: HBO/Game of Thrones)Game of Thrones[SPOILERS!!] After four long seasons we finally got to see what winter looks like, and it’s a hell of lot scarier than we ever imagined. The destruction heaped on the Wilding enclave of Hardhome by the White Walkers was nothing compared to season five’s final scene in which a know-nothing Jon Snow is lured into a trap and stabbed repeatedly by fellow members of the Night’s Watch because they think he’s committed treason. The season was not without controversy, as it again featured brutal rapes of women and went too far, even by GOT standards, when a poor child was burned at the stake. We can’t wait to see where we go from here. Will Jon Snow return? Probably. What will come of Daenerys? And what does the return of Bran Stark mean for Westeros?Rami Malek (R) and Christian Slater (L) play skilled hackers in USA Network’s “Mr. Robot.” (Photo credit: USA Network/Mr. Robot)Mr. RobotAfter the show’s premiere, we wrote that Mr. Robot would save our summer. The USA series more than lived up to the hype. The show was so dark at times that the week in between episodes served as a much-needed reprieve. Mr. Robot went where no show has gone before it by ushering into the mainstream the shadowy world where hacktivists—digitally savy Robin Hood types—who use their talents to upend the status quo and seek to expose our corporate overlords with the hope of spawning a long-delayed, but much-needed revolution.‘Breaking Bad’ creator Vince Gilligan hit a homerun with spinoff sequel ‘Better Call Saul,’ starring Bob Odenkirk.Better Call SaulNo show had more pressure to succeed then AMC’s Better Call Saul, the much-hyped Breaking Bad spinoff written by Vince Gilligan himself. Bob Odenkirk’s depiction of lowlife attorney Saul Goodman, Albuquerque’s slimiest criminal defense lawyer, was so masterful that AMC knew fans demanded more. Now we get the back-story of how Jimmy McGill, a career con man turned struggling lawyer, becomes Saul Goodman. McGill’s early pitfalls explain a lot about Breaking Bad’s Goodman, and now it’s easy to see why he and Walter White, although sometimes hostile toward one another, were a perfect match. Both yearn for greatness. Each probably has the talent to break the bonds of mediocrity, but instead chooses the easy way out. Sometimes a person can only take so much.Peter Quinn has had a tough go at it this season. First he was enlisted to kill Carrie and then he was shot and poisoned with sarin gas. (Photo credit: Homeland)HomelandThe CIA thriller became such a disappointment after its first season that even I couldn’t justify hanging on for another year. I was so down on the show that I didn’t even know the season 5 premiere had aired until a colleague reminded me that Carrie and her quivering lip had returned to Showtime. Give it a shot, she told me. And so I did. Three weeks ago we documented why we fell back in love with the show, so I won’t be long-winded. Taking Carrie out of the CIA and placing her in Germany to work as a civilian was exactly what Homeland needed. The season felt more like a reboot than a continuation of season 4, which was marred by uninspired writing and unnecessary rage-inducing scenes, Carrie’s near-drowning of her baby daughter chief among them. But this time we had three strong women who took it upon themselves, it seemed, to save the series. The showrunner’s ability to navigate modern day politics also moved the show back on track. Let’s hope it doesn’t careen into TV oblivion once again in season 6.Master of NoneAziz Ansari is well on his way to cultural iconic status. The Parks and Recreation star has been busy since NBC’s hit show completed its 7th and final season last February. He navigated a comedy tour and had his first book published, which turned into a best seller. Ansari has not grown complacent. Master of None, released on Netflix in November, follows Ansari’s character, Dev, as he contemplates important societal and cultural issues from one episode to the next.The Man in the High CastleLet the streaming wars begin! Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle is the latest binge-worthy show to hit our digital library, and it may very well be one of the best. The show, based on the novel of the same name by Philip K. Dick, documents an alternate history in which the United States and its allies lose World War II and is subsequently conquered by the Nazis. The Nazis share the US with Imperial Japan, and as the show moves we see tension arise as the Japanese suspect that Germany may soon renege on the agreement. A small but persistent band of resistance fighters eager to see America rise once again are in pursuit of explosive propaganda videos created by the so-called “Man in the High Castle,” that if viewed by the general public could incite mayhem.last_img read more

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Hiring now! Owego Highway Department looking for seasonal employees

first_imgOWEGO (WBNG) — Many businesses and areas around the country have experienced layoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic. But in Tioga County, the Town of Owego Highway Department is looking for help. The department is hiring seasonal workers to help maintain Owego’s 210 miles of roadways. The supervisor is hoping these hirings will send a message to residents that Owego is trending back toward normalcy, and commended his town’s response in the face of difficulties caused by the coronavirus crisis. There will be a meeting with department heads in the near future. “We have to have these seasonal people. We have a lot of road work that needs to be done , and that doesn’t stop due to this pandemic,” he said. “The community comes together and this is no different,” Castellucci said. “You can see people helping each other. You can see local people supporting local businesses.” Town Supervisor Donald Castellucci Jr., says the hirings are entry-level positions, and believes the work helps build self-esteem work ethic, and gives people some extra cash in their back pockets. Castellucci added he is looking to suspend Owego’s emergency declaration next week. last_img read more

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Omnibus bill to centralize permit processing, offer incentives for miners

first_imgThe sweeping omnibus bill will introduce several fiscal incentives to boost the development of downstream mining industries including mineral smelters, coal-fired power plants and coal gasification facilities. It will allow miners that invest downstream to operate their respective concessions until reserves run dry (Article 47). Otherwise, operational periods will be capped at 40 years maximum.The bill also exempts coal miners that invest downstream from paying royalties and from complying with Indonesia’s domestic market obligation (Article 28A) policy. Prevailing regulations require such miners to pay up to 7 percent of their net profit as royalty and sell 25 percent of their product domestically at US$70 per ton. Most of the price-capped coal goes to Indonesia’s largest power producer, state-owned electricity company PLN.United Overseas Bank (UOB) economist Enrico Tanuwidjaya wrote in a note last year that the government’s downstream plan “will be substantial in the long-term” but only with “consistent legal and policy certainties” and “sustained and immediate development of the processing and downstream industries.”Read also: Ban on unrefined nickel exports positive in long run: EconomistEnvironmental watchdog Mining Advocacy Network’s (Jatam) Merah Johansyah slammed the incentives, arguing that they would prolong environmental destruction.Contrary to Jatam’s argument, Indonesian Nickel Mining Association (APNI) secretary-general Meidy Katrin told the Post on Jan. 30 that “not many miners” had the financial muscle to exploit concessions beyond 40 years.Legal certainty for mining giantsThe government will provide some long-awaited certainty for coal miners and mineral miners, whose contracts are based on the now-defunct 1967 Mining Law. Article 169A of the bill allows such miners to resume operating their respective concessions as special mining permit (IUPK) holders instead of contract of work holders, whereby “IUPKs have to pay higher royalty fees”, Indonesian Mining Institute (IMI) chairman Irwandy Arif told the Post on Feb. 17.Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) executive director Hendra Sinadia previously described the legal certainty issue as “very urgent” because seven coal mining giants’ contracts are slated to expire between 2020 and 2025, the earliest of which expires in November this year. The soon-to-expire contract belongs to Jakarta-based PT Arutmin Indonesia, a subsidiary of the country’s largest coal miner by output, PT Bumi Resources.Nickel mining activities at Sorowako PT Vale Indonesia Tbk. After being transported to trucks, nickel material in the form of land is placed in a temporary shelter, then put into a factory to be processed until it gets a matte nickel of 78 percent, and is exported to Japan. (JP/Ruslan Sangadji)Centralizing mining permitsThe omnibus bill aims to streamline the issuance of mining permits by centralizing the process with the government. At the moment, regional leaders have the power to issue mining permits and create regional mining regulations, many of which contradict national-level regulations.The government will scrap Mining Law articles 48 and 67 if the omnibus bill passes into law. Article 48 allows regional leaders to issue mining permits while Article 67 authorizes regents and mayors to issue cooperative mining permits.Watchdog leaders Robert Endi Jaweng and Maryati Abdullah, who respectively head think tanks Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD) and Publish What You Pay (PWYP) Indonesia, described the changes as a “recentralization” scheme that harks back to the country’s authoritarian New Order era.“From an autonomy standpoint, it’s drying up the spirit of regional autonomy. It’s going in the opposite direction,” Robert said, referring to the 2004 Regional Autonomy Law, which guarantees certain powers for regional administrations.Read also: Omnibus bill allows President to scrap bylaws, weakens regional administrations “The issue is not just opening the investment tap,” said Maryati. “Will local residents have a complaint-handling mechanism?”Law lecturer Ahmad Redi, who leads the drafting of the bill’s energy-related provisions, countered the argument, saying that, in the long run, downstream industry development “will increase the products’ values, which will add to state and regional incomes”.Expanding mining territory further offshoreThe omnibus bill will allow mining activities anywhere within Indonesian seas (Article 47A) whereas the existing Mining Law limits offshore activity to 12 kilometers beyond the coast (Article 6).The relaxation was needed to extract offshore tin reserves as “we are almost out of tin reserves onshore, so like it or not, we have to enter the sea,” IMI’s Irwandy told the Post.Indonesia is the world’s second-largest tin producer after China. A quarter of the global supply of tin, used for a range of products, from electronics to eyeglasses, comes from Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey.  Read also: Growth first, environment later. Proposed legal revision relaxes mining restrictions “What’s being discussed in the job creation bill is investment certainty, including how to boost downstream industry development,” Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry coal and mineral director general Bambang Gatot Ariyono told reporters in Jakarta last week.Indonesia wants to earn more money from its mineral wealth by having miners develop downstream industries, such as mineral smelters and coal-fired power plants. The government will enforce bans on exports of all metal ore by 2022 and coal by 2046 while at the same time promoting development by relaxing regulations and offering incentives.Downstream industry developmentcenter_img Topics : An upcoming landmark bill on job creation is expected to streamline business and boost investment for miners in Indonesia, albeit at the expense of environmental protection and regional autonomy.The bill, a draft of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, will introduce four major changes to the 2009 Coal and Mineral Mining Law. These changes aim to centralize the issuance of mining permits, provide legal certainty for mining giants, boost downstream industry development and expand the nation’s mining territory into the open seas.The changes are very similar to those being separately worked on by the House of Representatives. last_img read more

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UWP withdraws elections petition appeals.

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews UWP withdraws elections petition appeals. by: – April 5, 2011 Sharecenter_img 103 Views   no discussions Share Photo credit: workersvoiceonline.comInformation reaching Dominica Vibes News indicates that the United Workers Party has withdrawn all five election petition appeals matters.The appellants in these election petitions are Bobby Frederick, Ronald Green, Maynard Joseph, Claudius Standford, and John Abraham.Applications were filed on behalf  of the Dominica Labour Party members of Parliament to strike out the United Workers Party election petition appeals off the record.Her Ladyship, the Honourable MDE Ola Mae Edwards Justice of Appeal,ordered on 22nd March, 2011 that the application of the Respondents for the Appeal to be struck out is set for hearing on 11th April 2011.However, before the matter could be heard by the court the United Workers Party withdrew their appeals by an application dated 4th April, 2011.Senator Green explained that “the appeals on bribery and access to DBS, these two were withdrawn. The matter of allegiance is still going ahead as we await the decision of Justice Thom depending on whether she rules that the disclosure on the documents should be made or should not be made.”Dominica Vibes News has confirmed that the matter before Justice Thom is not an appeals matter and that the report on the withdrawal of the appeals is accurate.The Application for withdrawal of these election petitions appeals indicates that the Appellants are no longer interested in prosecuting the appeals.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Trojans finish with a win in tough weekend series against the Tar Heels

first_imgAfter dropping the first two games of a three game set against No. 6 North Carolina over the weekend, the USC baseball team managed to avoid a series sweep with a 5-2 victory over the Tar Heels (8-2) on Sunday.The Trojans (8-3) fell behind 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, and looked as they would go quietly in the top of the fifth. But with two outs, senior outfielder Garret Houts singled and stole second.Junior second baseman Adam Landecker singled him home and advanced to third on a double by senior first baseman Matt Foat. Both scored on a single by senior catcher Kevin Roundtree. Roundtree moved to third on a double by sophomore third baseman Kevin Swick, and both scored on a single by sophomore shortstop James Roberts before the inning finally came to an end.All told, six straight Trojan hitters reached base, all with two outs, and five players scoring to put USC up 5-1.“It just clicked,” said USC coach Frank Cruz of the big fifth inning. “We just got the hits.”Those five runs were more than enough for Trojan starting pitcher Stephen Tarpley. The freshman did not look like one against one of the best teams in college baseball, going six strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with just two walks to his seven strikeouts.“Stephen pitched great,” Cruz said. “He really stepped up and helped us get out with a win.”On Saturday, USC got another great performance on the mound, but senior Ben Mount’s seven and 2/3 innings of one-run ball were not enough as the Trojan fell 1-0 in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel. Tar Heel starter Chris Munnelly allowed a leadoff single to the very first hitter of the game, and then did not give up another hit over seven shutout innings.“Mount threw really, really well,” Cruz said. “It was a great game, but we squandered our best chance to score.”The chance came in the eighth inning when sophomore outfielder Omar Cotto Lozada singled to start the inning and moved to second on a fielder’s choice. Cotto Lozada advanced to third on a wild pitch. He broke for home on another wild pitch, but was tagged out at the plate. It was one of just two times in the game the Trojans even got a runner into scoring position.While the Trojans competed on Saturday, they were torn apart Friday 11-1. The Tar Heels scored three in the second off of senior pitcher Andrew Triggs and two more in the third to put USC in a 5-0 hole early. The Trojans got one back in the seventh, but their bullpen was decimated for six runs over the final two innings to put the game completely out of reach.The Trojans traveled every player on the team to Chapel Hill “as a reward for their hard work in the fall,” according to Cruz. And while USC lost the series, Cruz said he felt his team grew from the experience of the road trip and level of the competition.“We can take this and grow from it,” Cruz said. “But we can’t look behind at it. We’re always looking ahead.”Ahead for the Trojans is another tough matchup. USC returns home Tuesday to host No. 15 Cal State Fullerton at six p.m. at Dedeaux Field.last_img read more

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Mike Trout belts two homers among his five hits in Angels victory

first_imgTrout, who also singled against Shields on Saturday, is now 9 for 18 against him, with three walks, including the postseason.“He’s obviously been a great pitcher,” Trout said of Shields. “We compete against each other. It’s fun. I’m just not missing pitches. I can’t tell you a reason. I’m getting a pitch to hit and not missing.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) smiles with Shohei Ohtani (17) after Trout’s two run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) hits a two run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) gestures after he flied out to Chicago White Sox left fielder Daniel Palka during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) breaks his bat during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, high fives David Fletcher (6) after Trout’s three run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) high fives David Fletcher (6) and Shohei Ohtani, center, after Trout’s three run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Yoan Moncada, center, celebrates in the dugout after he scored during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Yolmer Sanchez (5) hits an RBI double during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) steals second base under Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada (10) during the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) smiles with Shohei Ohtani (17) after Trout’s two run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) hits a two run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) hits a two run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)ExpandCHICAGO — Could have seen this one coming.Mike Trout’s latest offensive explosion was sparked by one of his favorite victims, James Shields.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.After blasting two homers and equaling his career high with five hits in the Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, Trout has six homers in 21 career plate appearances against Shields, including his only postseason homer.The only pitcher who has given up more homers to Trout is Felix Hernandez, who has given up eight Trout homers … in 93 plate appearances. In the fifth, Shields was a little more careful with Trout, throwing a cutter a little higher in the zone. Trout simply served it into center field for a single.After Shields was done, Trout also singled against reliever Juan Minaya in the seventh and against Jace Fry in the ninth, for his second career five-hit game. The five RBIs matched Trout’s career high, a figure he hadn’t reached since 2015.Shohei Ohtani, who was batting cleanup between Trout and Justin Upton for the first time, added two hits and a walk, including a three-run triple in the ninth to put the game away. Ohtani then scored on a wild pitch, suffering a right thigh contusion in a collision with pitcher Thyago Viera. Ohtani said he is fine, and will be available to play on Sunday.It was enough offense to get a victory for Matt Shoemaker, whose second start since coming off the disabled list did not go as smoothly as his first.After shutting out the Texas Rangers for five innings on Monday, Shoemaker gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings on Saturday. The White Sox scored one in the first and then single runs in the third and fourth, both times after Shoemaker had retired the first two hitters of the inning.“Not quite as crisp as the other day, but he did a great job,” Scioscia said. “The double play balls obviously helped him. When he needed to make pitches, he did. Matty did a good job to get through five innings.” To say Shields gave him a couple pitches to hit on Saturday would be an understatement.Shields twice threw Trout 3-and-2 pitches right over the middle of the plate, belt high. In the first inning, Shields threw him a fastball. In the third, he threw a knuckle curve. Trout hammered both of them, blasting a two-run shot to center field in the first and yanking a three-run homer to left field in the third.“The two balls he hit were killed and the wind was pushing them back,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “It shows you how strong Mike is. It’s a great night for Mike. It gave us a big lift for sure.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Officials Mull Options for Reviled Cell Tower

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER – A deeply unpopular cell tower built behind borough hall last month was again the issue at hand as the mayor and council gathered for a special meeting to explore their options and to answer questions from a concerned community.The most common query voiced by the dozens of residents that filled borough hall at the June 26 meeting was, “What happens next?”Mayor Robert C. Neff replied that the answer depended on the closed-door executive session that the special meeting had been called to convene, during which the mayor and council would hear and discuss their legal options with Borough Attorney Meghan Bennet Clark.“What happens next is a very difficult question to answer,” he said.Many residents have urged the mayor and council to find a way out of their contract with Verizon, which erected the 95-foot monopole in May and has a 25-year lease with the borough. But removing the tower would be unprecedented, according to Clark, who noted that there is no existing case where a municipality succeeded in ousting a tower that is already built.“This has never been done,” Clark said. “A lot of options depend on Verizon. This is a moving situation.”This was the first opportunity since May for the mayor and council to meet and discuss their options after weeks of public outcry from residents, who have organized the grassroots group Little Silver Against the Cell Tower. Before the closed-door meeting, Councilman Daniel J. O’Hern Jr. assured residents that the private session was necessary due to the legal and contractual nature of the discussions they needed to have.“It’s important that we’re able to discuss these issues,” he said. “It’s not that we’re trying to hide anything from you. We will try to be as open and honest as we can in communicating with you what’s going on.”O’Hern added that he regretted his part in the decision to allow the cell tower.“At the time I thought it was the right decision,” he said, noting that he and other council members had been lulled into a false sense of security when no one had come out against the tower during the meetings and hearings that took place before it was approved. “It was a lesson for all of us and I should have known better.”In hopes of improving communications in the future, the borough is actively working to create a Facebook page and a newsletter. Councilman AJ McNally said he hoped more residents would continue to come to meetings and be active in sharing their opinions with the council.“This decision, unfortunately, was made in a vacuum,” McNally said, “as a result of nobody showing up.”During the public hearing prior to the executive session, residents restated concerns that the cell tower would negatively impact property value and cause unknown health problems for children in nearby homes and Markham Place School. One mother, close to tears, described searching for another school to send her eighth grader to in September and pleaded with the council to find a way to move it before then.Others urged the mayor and council to fight for them and make the right decision for the town.Some on the council shared residents’ aversion to the cell tower’s aesthetics, comparing it to a piece of furniture that doesn’t fit in the living room and needs to be returned.“I don’t like it,” said Councilman Dane Mihlon. “I promise you that we’re going to do everything that we can to try and deal with it. We are your neighbors. We work for you. We get it.”Having council members come out specifically to discuss options for the cell tower at a special meeting was a good thing according to Marc Gasperino, one of two borough residents who sits on the ad hoc committee formed to address concerns with the cell tower.“The big deal for me is that this meeting is happening,” Gasperino said. “The council has listened to us and they are having this discussion.”last_img read more

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New snow in backcountry compounds avalanche risk

first_imgBy Timothy Schafer, The Nelson DailyAvalanche risk is still rated at high in the West Kootenay backcountry above and in the tree line, while considered considerable at lower elevations, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre. The risk continues at considerable until Monday, but avalanche problems are occurring due to significant wind-loading occurring across the region, said Shannon Werner of the CAC. Wind slabs can be found mainly on north to northeast aspects, she said in her report Friday, with persistent weak layers existing in the snow pack in all areas of the backcountry — becoming reactive with the new snow. There has been up to 40 centimetres of storm snow with an additional 15 cm. in the forecast today (Saturday). This new snow load may not bond well with the weak snow surfaces, Werner reported. As a result, the CAC has issued a special Public Avalanche Warning for the region of the West Kootenay, and those dangerous avalanche conditions will persist through the weekend.  There have been numerous avalanches in the region, Werner noted, up to a size two and reacting mainly on the Jan. 3 surface hoar layer. This is the first report of a deeper instability waking up and becoming an avalanche concern, Werner said. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended during periods of high danger, and the CAC advises staying well away from avalanche paths and run-out zones. “Seek powder turns inbounds at your local ski hill, and snowmobile in areas which offer zero avalanche problems for example: large meadows, or low angle trees,” said Werner in her report. “As the storm subsides, conditions favoring human-triggering will continue, even after natural activity has died down. I recommend sticking to simple terrain during this period.” Up to 30 cm. of snow has fallen across the region and is accompanied by moderate-strong southwest winds. This new snow overlies a weak upper snowpack. There are several buried surface hoar and crust layers in the upper pack and the Dec. 7 surface hoar / facet/crust layer down 80 cm. These upper layers are starting to become reactive as more wind and snow hits the region. Weather forecast Saturday: Few flurries with temperatures near –five degrees C. Winds switching to the northwest.  Sunday: Cloudy, scattered flurries. Temperatures around -5C with light northerly winds. Monday: Clear and sunny skies. Temperatures dropping low near -8C.   [email protected]last_img read more

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