LI Sandy Victims to Rally for Aid Package on Capitol Hill

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sandy victims gather in Island Park before bus trip to Washington D.C. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)A group of Superstorm Sandy victims loaded into a bus in Island Park early Tuesday morning as they prepared to descend on Capitol Hill where they will try to convince a divided Congress to approve a full relief package two months after Sandy ravaged the area, crippling infrastructure and leaving many to fend for themselves.Going along for the ride to Washington, D.C. was 12-year-old Island Park resident John Byrne who stood at a podium in his hometown and passed along a stern message to members of Congress: stop the “political shenanigans,” he said to applause.That rallying cry seemed to galvanize the dozens of storm weary residents who boarded the bus just after 6 a.m. with the hopes of coming back to Long Island with two “yes” votes in their back pockets.“We should be getting the money, we should’ve gotten it already—it’s time to stop,” said 38-year-old Roy Gunther.Storm victims have grown frustrated with Congress’ inability to approve a full relief package despite emotional testimony from local lawmakers. Those making the trek to Washington D.C. hope personal testimony will help convince lawmakers to approve two aid packages that are expected to go in front of the House Tuesday.A $18 billion bill is expected to address emergency needs and another $33 billion bill—the most controversial—would help allocate funds and resources to assist in recovery efforts and also includes long-term projects focused on preventive measures for future storms.So far, Congress has only approved a $9 billion bill for the national flood insurance program.“I feel like the only one’s helping each other are us,” said Melissa Van Wickler of East Rockaway, before boarding the bus. “I’m only one person and I’ve been volunteering so much time all up and down from East Rockaway, Oceanside, Island Park.”She added: “We need more people to make a difference.”Sandy victims board a bus that will take them to Washington D.C. where they will push for Sandy aid. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)Historically, the federal government is quick to approve funds for relief efforts. It only took Congress two weeks to approve $62.3 billion in federal emergency appropriations after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans.Also making the trip to the Nation’s Capitol are Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and is Suffolk County counterpart Steve Bellone.“We bring our voices to members of Congress today,” Mangano blasted into a microphone.“When Americans are hurting and suffering our country has always been there to support them…until now,” added Bellone. “We need this bill passed now.”In December, the Senate passed a $62 billion recovery bill with bipartisan support but the legislation was never brought to the floor of the House, leading Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) to blast his fellow Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).Last week, King said on his Facebook page that “I think we’re going to have the votes” to pass the Sandy aid package.Despite the delay in aid, some attending the rally said a federal relief package is better late then never.“We can still save homes, still save business, we can still save lives if we effectively apply this aid,” said Walk A Mile in Our Shoes co-founder Peter Corless, who organized the trip.last_img read more

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Amid virus crisis, US bars imports of Malaysia’s Top Glove over labor issues

first_imgA Reuters query reached CBP outside its office hours.By early afternoon on Thursday, Top Glove’s share price had slipped 2.57%, a minor blip after a rise of over 350% this year.Last year, CBP took similar action against another Malaysian glove maker WRP Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. The detention order on imports of WRP’s goods was lifted in March after remedial action was taken.Independent migrant worker rights specialist Andy Hall said in a note to reporters on Thursday that forced labor amongst foreign workers in Malaysia’s gloves industry can only be addressed and reduced when past recruitment fees and related costs, that hold them in debt bondage, are fully repaid.”Likewise, in order to ensure no future debt bondage of these workers, ethical recruitment practices or zero cost recruitment policies should be put in place in practice, and not only on paper, if the industry moves ahead to recruit more foreign workers in the future,” he said.World consumption of protective gloves is expected to jump more than 11% to 330 billion pieces this year, two-thirds of which are likely to be supplied by Malaysia, according to the Southeast Asian country’s rubber glove manufacturers association.Top Glove’s annual glove production is 78.7 billion pieces, and its 45 factories also make face masks, condoms and dental products. During a results briefing last month, the company said it had achieved unparalleled growth, boosted by demand increase from almost everywhere.  US Customs placed a detention order on imports of products made by subsidiaries of the world’s largest medical glove maker, Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp Bhd on Wednesday, an action taken against firms suspected of using forced labor.The bar on Top Glove products comes at a time when demand for the medical gloves and protective gear has skyrocketed due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit the United States harder than any other country.The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website showed Top Glove Sdn Bhd and TG Medical Sdn Bhd were placed on its list on Wednesday but there was no statement explaining the action, though its “withhold and release” orders, detaining imported goods, are specific to forced labor issues. Topics :center_img In a filing to the bourse, Top Glove, which also has production facilities in China and Thailand, confirmed the detention order and said it may be related to foreign labor issues, specifically recruitment fees paid by migrant workers to employment agents.”We are reaching out to the CBP through our office in US, customers and consultants, to understand the issue better and work towards a speedy resolution of the matter, within an estimated 2 weeks,” it said.Top Glove said it had been bearing all recruitment fees since the start of this year, but it had still to resolve an issue regarding retrospective payment of recruitment fees paid, without its knowledge, by workers to agents before January 2019.”Over the past few months we have been working on this issue which involves extensive tracing, to establish the correct amount to be paid back to our workers, on behalf of the previous agents,” the company said.last_img read more

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R6bn literacy campaign on track

first_img8 August 2008 Deputy Education Minister Enver Surty added that the education department would work closely with other government departments to ensure that the campaign was effective in reducing the number of illiterate people in the country by 2012. “There are approximately nine million functionally illiterate South Africans, and the department seeks to halve the number by 2012 and ensure that by 2020 every citizen is able to read and write,” he said. “Progress thus far includes the enrolment of 360 000 learners, [and] the recruitment and training of 24 000 volunteer educators, 2 800 supervisors and 150 coordinators,” government spokesperson Themba Maseko said in Pretoria this week. Surty added that it would take not more than six months for a person to be functional in literacy and numeracy, citing the case of a 70-year old man taking part in the campaign, who learnt to read and write within that period of time. As such, Surty said, the campaign would further ensure that learners were given individual attention, which would contribute to effective learning. The government is to spend R6.1-billion over the next five years on the Kha Ri Gude (Let us Learn) mass literacy campaign, which it believes will enable an additional 4.7-million South Africans achieve literacy by 2012. “The campaign will ensure that there are not more than 15 learners to one teacher in the adult schools, because they need certain attention to ensure the effectiveness of the campaign,” he said. The campaign, which forms part of the Adult Basic Education and Training programme, was launched by President Thabo Mbeki during his State of the Nation address in February this year. It is currently operating as a pilot project, with full rollout scheduled for 2009. He added that the campaign would provide learners with books on both literacy and numeracy, which have been published in all of the eleven official languages, thereby increasing its accessibility. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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21 hours agoMan Utd scouts see Haaland score again for Salzburg

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd scouts see Haaland score again for Salzburgby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are all watching RB Salzburg sensation Erling Braut Haaland.United scouts were present to watch Haaland score twice against Napoli last night, according to reports in Italy.The RB Salzburg striker has become to talk of Europe this season, having already bagged 20 goals in all competitions.According to La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Nicolo Schira, United had scouts at the Red Bull Arena to watch Haaland on Wednesday night.On the night, the 19-year-old became the first player to score in his first three Champions League matches since Karim Benzema in his Lyon days. last_img

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Morocco Urges the Netherlands to Cancel Unilateral Decision on Family Allowance

first_imgAmsterdam – Morocco called, at a meeting on Wednesday in the Hague, on the Netherlands’ authorities to cancel their unilateral decision on family allowance reduction, underlining the need to preserve the acquired rights of Moroccan expats.The meeting, which was attended by a Moroccan delegation led by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training Mimoun Bentaleb and officials from the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, is part of the ongoing dialogue between the two countries in the field of social security, following the decision of the Netherlands to reduce some allowances for the expatriates’ eligible parties residing in Morocco.This meeting, which will continue on Thursday, will focus on examining this measure which concerns mainly pensions for widows and orphans and sickness compensation during temporary stays. The Dutch delegation expressed once again the will of its government to amend the agreement signed between Morocco and the Netherlands in order to adapt it to the new Dutch legislations in the field of social security concerning the said reduction.last_img read more

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What The NCAAs Longest Win Streak Looks Like

Related: Hot Takedown The No. 1-ranked Connecticut Huskies beat the 6th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks 66-55 on Monday night for their NCAA-record 100th consecutive win. They last lost on Nov. 17, 2014, when they fell to the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal, 88-86 in overtime. That loss snapped a 47-game winning streak itself, meaning that, between March 13, 2013, and today, the Huskies have won four NCAA Championships and lost one game.Yes, once more for emphasis: Between March 13, 2013, and today, the Huskies have four times as many national championships as they have losses.This is Connecticut’s third record-breaking streak this millennium. First, between 2001 and 2003, they won 70 games in a row – the longest winning streak in NCAA women’s basketball history, and in 2008-10, they won 90 games to break UCLA’s 88-game record set in 1970-74. Here’s what being the mother of all powerhouses looks like: Who’s Going Where As The NBA Trade Deadline Approaches? Though they’ve managed to keep the streak that was built on the back of Breanna Stewart’s remarkable career going, the Huskies haven’t dominated as much as they’re used to. This is unsurprising, considering they lost Stewart and their two other best players to the WNBA draft after last season (those players went 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall). Indeed, they’re probably having one of their worst statistical seasons in several years. Unfortunately for the rest of basketball, the Huskies’ off years are the stuff most schools’ dreams are made of: The streak is likely to survive into the NCAA tournament. The Huskies have one game scheduled against a ranked opponent: Feb. 27 against 22nd-ranked University of South Florida Bulls – whom the Huskies beat in January 102-37 (no joke). But once they get to the tournament, they have a better chance than most years of losing, particularly to the Maryland Terrapins, whom they only beat by 6 points in December, or the Baylor Lady Bears, who despite also losing to the Huskies in November have been putting up Huskies numbers themselves this season. Leading by only 2 points with under 6 minutes left in the third quarter against the Gamecocks, the Huskies looked beatable — yet they won again. Such has been the story of the season so far. We’ll see if they can keep it up through March Madness. read more

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Ohio State mens lacrosse to face UMBC in first 2016 game at

OSU sophomore attacker Colin Chell (22) prepares to shoot during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team is gearing up to host the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in the Buckeyes’ first game in Ohio Stadium of the 2016 season on Friday.OSU (2-1) is coming off its first loss of the season last week against Massachusetts. The team looked disorganized in the second half, which led to a 16-9 defeat at the hands of the Minutemen.“I think guys are really taking it on themselves as more a personal thing and something that we need to fix within ourselves,” redshirt junior midfielder and co-captain Tyler Pfister said. “We’re definitely learning from it but not dwelling on it.”OSU coach Nick Myers said the team is evaluating last week’s performance, but he does not want his guys to get hung up on it.“There’s been some reflection off of what we thought was a really disappointing loss,” Myers said. “We’re trying to put that behind us now and focus on us and prepare for a very good team that’s coming into Columbus on Friday night.”UMBC is arriving in Columbus on the heels of a loss to Richmond in its first game of the season by a score of 7-5. The team had a disappointing campaign last year, going 5-8. Still, Myers said he fully expects the program to have a bounceback year.“I just think, top to bottom, it’s a team that’s very disciplined,” he said. “We’re going to have to really work hard as a collective group to have success on Friday night.”UMBC is led by its pair of senior captains: attacker Nate Lewnes and defender Zach Esser.Esser guides a defense that allowed seven goals in the team’s first game. Last year, he became the first defender in the history of UMBC to earn back-to-back America East first-team honors.One of the focuses heading into Friday’s game for the Buckeyes will be stopping the Retrievers’ pair of experienced attackers: Lewnes and junior Max Maxwell.Lewnes saw his 18-game goal-scoring streak, which was sixth in the country at the time, end in the team’s loss to Richmond. A co-captain, Lewnes is the leader of the offense and has been a model of consistency over his first three years at UMBC.Maxwell, who scored a goal last week against Richmond, earned all-rookie team honors as a freshman.OSU senior midfielder and co-captain Kacy Kapinos stressed the importance of the defense playing together in order to stop the UMBC attack.“We have a great, close (defensive) unit in Robby Haus, Chris Mahoney and Erik Evans. It’s just playing team defense,” Kapinos said. “It’s not two guys shutting them down –— it’s everybody talking, communicating (and) making sure we’re all on the same page.” The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Friday at the ‘Shoe.Man-up opportunityOne thing the Buckeyes will look to improve on this week is the man-up. The man-up, or extra-man opportunity, is akin to the power play in hockey. In these situations, the offense has a one-man advantage because a penalty on the other team forces a player to stay off the field for a duration of time.OSU sophomore defender Erik Evans (43) controls the ball during a scrimmage against The Hill Academy on Jan. 30. Credit: Kylie Bryant | | For The LanternOSU has struggled in capitalizing on these opportunities so far this year. The team went 0-4 in man-up opportunities last week against UMass, including failing to score on one occasion when the Minutemen were two players down after a succession of penalties.“We have to give it to UMass,” Kapinos said. “They did a good job in man-down and picked off a couple of our passes.”The Buckeyes have struggled in this area the whole season, only capitalizing on two of their 12 man-up opportunities, which ranks them tied for 47th nationally. “We’re trying to find the right pieces and the right fit, but that’s a fine line,” Myers said of the man-up unit. “We’re going to keep chipping away at it. I’ve got a lot of confidence in that group.”National showcaseFriday’s game against UMBC will be OSU’s first time this year playing in front of a nationally televised audience, as the game is scheduled to be aired on ESPNU.“Playing in the ‘Shoe too is something that guys are really looking forward to, and I think is going to be a motivator for us going into it,” Pfister said.Myers said he knows his team is excited to play in front of viewers across the country, but he wants the team to stay focused on the task at hand.“I think the opportunity, anytime you’re on national TV, to not only play well but to just showcase what Buckeye lacrosse is all about is a responsibility,” Myers said. “But at the end of the day, it’s the next game on our schedule.”What’s nextAfter Friday’s game against UMBC, the Buckeyes are set to host the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. OSU is scheduled play Marquette on March 4 and Bellarmine on March 6. The games are slated for 6 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, at the ‘Shoe. read more

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Ohio State rolls past Long Beach State in 34point rout

Coming off a game in which he scored a career-high 22 points, coach Thad Matta said that he wanted to see how LaQuinton Ross handled success. The sophomore forward responded with another statement performance on Saturday for Ohio State. Ross scored 16 points and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds as OSU (6-1) dispatched Long Beach State, 89-55. “I came out strong this game too,” Ross said. “I tried to show my coaches that I’m not going to base my whole season off that last game.” Matta said he liked what he saw. “The big thing with LaQuinton is continuing to just focus on all the little aspects of the game,” added Matta. “To get him playing his best basketball is obviously good for our team.” Ross wasn’t the only bench player to make an impact for OSU. Sophomore guard Shannon Scott scored just three points, but dished out nine assists and secured five rebounds. Sophomore center Amir Williams contributed with seven points and a blocked shot. In all, OSU’s bench outscored LBSU’s, 37-14. “I felt like all those guys that came in brought some energy, brought some cohesiveness,” Matta said. “Everybody came in and shared the basketball.” After making less than 40 percent of their field goals in the past two games, the Buckeyes regained their shooting touch against the 49ers. OSU connected on 31-66 (47 percent) of its shots, including 10-30 from 3-point range. The 30 3-point attempts were a season-high for OSU, and in part a product of LBSU’s defense. The 49ers seemed content to sit in a zone and cut off OSU’s penetration on drives, with the cost of giving up open looks from deep. In the first half the strategy had some success. The Buckeyes couldn’t capitalize on several wide-open looks and connected on just 4-15 3-point attempts. But in the second half the Buckeyes caught fire, made five of their first six from behind the arc, and used the deep ball to put LBSU away. “The guys work so hard on their shooting,” Matta said. “It’s amazing, it kind of becomes contagious, and when somebody knocks one down it carries over. I don’t know if I want to shoot 30 3’s in a game. We’ve got to continue to find our shooting touch and make shots.” Junior forward Deshaun Thomas led the team in scoring with 18 points. The loss drops LBSU to 3-6 on the season, in part because of a grueling non-conference schedule. Before falling to No. 7 OSU, the 49ers were defeated by No. 4 Syracuse, No. 8 Arizona and No. 20 North Carolina. LBSU coach Dan Monson said that the Buckeyes separate themselves from the other teams on the defensive end of the floor. “Of those teams, OSU is the best defensive team,” Monson said. “[Junior point guard Aaron] Craft is as good of an on-ball defender as anyone in the country.” OSU’s defense frustrated LBSU all day, and held the 49ers to 31 percent shooting. “Coach Matta wants good defense to be the identity of this team so we do a lot of defensive drills in practice,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. “Right now as a team we’re playing together well on the defensive end of the floor.” OSU returns to action on Dec. 12 in a home game against Savannah State. read more

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Ferdinand goes after Neymar and Mbappés poor defending

first_imgThe former Manchester United defender had the roughest criticism against Neymar and Mbappé’s lack of defensive commitment to PSG.It’s only been a day since Liverpool defeated PSG in a thrilling Champions League match, this has been more than enough time for Neymar and Kylian Mbappé to get trashed from all over the world but Rio Ferdinand is the one who nailed it best. The former Manchester United player and BT Sports pundit right now, took some time to describe the reason he thinks the biggest responsibility for the French club’s loss last Tuesday, falls on both the Brazilian and the French wonder kid. Rio described perfectly how any great club that has hopes to win any title in Europe, must have their strikers as the very first line of defense and not having that perfectly clear brings painful defeats like the one Paris Saint-Germain suffered at Anfield Road. Just last week during Diego Simeone’s interview to Cadena Cope, the Atletico Madrid manager weighed in on who he would pick to play for his squad and his favorite player completely threw him under the bus: “Between Neymar and Mbappé, I would pick Ney for his defensive work. He worked a lot defensively in Luis Enrique’s Barcelona. Mbappé is a lot more selfish and still doesn’t have a defined position while Neymar does,” said Simeone who may have swallowed his words last Tuesday.The criticism against Neymar is coming from every single newspaper around the world, but the French media is the one that doesn’t accept that the most expensive player in the world hasn’t been important during a single crucial match in the two seasons he has played for PSG so far. The pundits from several debate tables in France completely blame the Brazilian over the French club’s defeat, but they also go after Mbappé by calling him ‘immature’ and ‘inexperienced’ for these types of important matches. It didn’t matter that the young world champion scored the equalizer that gave PSG a little hope during the game, losing the ball right before Roberto Firmino’s winning goal is what triggered this reaction from them. The general consensus is that the media believes that Neymar and Mbappé are getting a little too comfortable in Ligue 1, which is clearly a lesser league compared to the major four competitions in the continent. But the solution doesn’t seem as easy as it looks, because both Neymar and Mbappé will keep playing in France week after week and they will keep facing low-quality clubs in the country.?Neymar and Mbappe walked alone?PSG lost to a ‘great European’?’Four lungs’ Trent and ‘phenomena’ Robertson impress?Reds won the midfield battleFrench media have had their say on PSG’s defeat to #LFC ??— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) September 19, 2018PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.However, the most painful criticism came from Rio Ferdinand himself, who is an expert in analyzing the best players in the world given that he shared a locker room with Cristiano Ronaldo and was one of the defenders who pushed the Portuguese player to make a greater defensive effort for his teammates at Manchester United. Rio Ferdinand knows that the ones who need to get some sense into both Neymar and Mbappé, are the defense leaders like Thiago Silva or Dani Alves who can sit down and have a talk with both players: “This just really shows to young players that are watching the game that no matter how much talent you have as an individual, you have to buy into the team work ethic. You have to buy into the structure of the team for you to be able to then have the platform to play as well. On far too many occasions we saw [Neymar], not only him but Mbappe as well, too narrow, not worrying about their defensive responsibilities at all. This team disappointed us today. I said before it was like a testimonial, the pace in which they played the game. So they have to change that if they’re going to be any type of contender. I don’t see them as a contender,” said Rio Ferdinand on BT Sports.”A lot of people say Neymar is the best in the world – but… there is no way he would suit #LFC and Jurgen Klopp.”John Barnes has hit out at Neymar and Kylian Mbappe⬇️⬇️— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) September 19, 2018What do you think Neymar and Mbappé need to do in order to win key matches for PSG? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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CWC 2018 Solari likes the CWC more than the Intercontinental Cup

first_imgThe Real Madrid manager believes the current format is more democratic to the world of football allowing all the continental champions to participateArgentinean manager Santiago Solari has coached in the FIFA Club World Cup twice: first with Mexican side Atlante, and now with Spanish La Liga club Real Madrid.And for him, the current competition format is more democratic to the world of football, allowing all the continental champions to participate.“This is more democratic, all continents are participating, and I like this version more than the lovely old Intercontinental,” Solari told the press during a conference attended by“And about any surprises, no. I expected River [Plate] to go through, but defeats like this have happened already on many occasions.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Sometimes what the public thinks would happen it doesn’t happen. This means this tournament is more competitive than what anybody thinks,” he added.“All of them are continental champions and have to beat many other clubs to be here. So there are no coincidences of why they are here.”#CWC18: For @realmadriden’s coach Santiago Solari, the FIFA Club World Cup is better than the old Intercontinental Cup.— (@ronaldocomint) December 21, 2018last_img read more

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