Northern Triangle Service Members Strengthen Fight Against COVID-19

first_imgBy Lorena Baires / Diálogo April 20, 2020 The Northern Triangle’s armed forces have deployed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have land, sea, and air border surveillance perimeters to help enforce the lockdown, as they continue to support public security and fight illicit trafficking.“We conduct constant surveillance on 186 blind spots at the border to prevent people from entering El Salvador without a health check,” El Salvador Minister of Defense Navy Rear Admiral René Merino told Diálogo.El Salvador has been on lockdown since March 21. Only medical or food services personnel can move around, the National Civil Police (PNC, in Spanish) reported. “If they travel, only two people per vehicle are allowed: the driver and a passenger behind,” Commissioner Mauricio Arriaza, PNC director, told Diálogo. “In public transport, we only allow one person per row.”For their part, the Guatemalan Armed Forces prepare basic food baskets and deliver them from house to house. “We have teams deployed to deliver these foods,” Guatemalan Minister of Defense Air Force Major General Juan Carlos Alemán, told Diálogo. The Guatemalan Ministry of Defense’s Engineer Command supports the construction of five field hospitals to assist COVID-19 patients. In addition, the ministry has activated the Air Reserve to monitor the country’s border.“The aircraft set up links with ground forces to prevent the entry of people who circumvent health protocols or attempt to smuggle,” Guatemalan Army Colonel Juan Carlos de Paz, director of the Ministry of Defense’s Public Affairs, told Diálogo. “We work with Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico to protect people’s health and prevent illegal actions.”In Honduras, the Armed Forces (FAH, in Spanish) produce more than 3,500 masks daily. “We changed our production line from military items to medical supplies,” said Honduran Army Major General Tito Moreno, head of FAH’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Our mechatronic engineers are doing tests with a ventilator prototype for our hospitals. We also produce polyethylene masks and surgical uniforms for protection.”FAH’s Logistics Directorate coordinates food deliveries for more than 3.2 million people. “We are the operational arm in this mission that will alleviate people’s needs in such difficult times,” Honduran Army Colonel Juan Rubén Girón, head of FAH Logistics Directorate, told Diálogo. “We are responsible for bringing each ration to each home, so that no one is exposed to the virus.”last_img read more

Keep open mind, but weigh facts on climate

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Two similar letters to the editor by Bob Lindinger in The Gazette seem to claim that humans have no responsibility for modern global warming. He argued that such a conclusion is unwarranted because “science is never settled.” It seems that, if we don’t know everything about global climate, we don’t know anything. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinioncenter_img Well, sure, nothing in science is known with absolute certainty. For example, modern research indicates that fire is a rapid, heat-releasing chemical reaction between fuel and oxygen in air. But that’s not settled. Maybe fire is called into mortal existence by Lucifer or Hephaestus, after we ritually strike a sacred match, or form a specially consecrated spark.Hmm. Where do we draw the line between accepting an idea that is overwhelmingly supported by evidence, or believing any number of ideas that are poorly supported by the evidence, unsupported or down-right crazy? That’s really the choice.The overwhelming weight of evidence shows that modern global warming is happening, caused mostly by burning fossil fuels. Sure, the computer models change a little bit every year, as does the growing pile of data behind them. But the results don’t change much. Modern supercomputer models, early models in the 1970s, and hand calculations done over 100 years ago. All give similar results.Accepting the science behind modern global warming is a matter of evaluating the available evidence. It’s a good idea to keep an open mind, but not so open that your brain falls out.Kurt HollocherNiskayunalast_img read more

FBI investigating Nevis robbery of US Supreme Court justice

first_img Tweet 16 Views   no discussions US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Bryer. Photo credit: get-lawyers.comCHARLESTOWN, Nevis — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has sent at least one agent to Nevis to investigate last week’s armed robbery of US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer at his vacation home on the island, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday.Breyer, 73, and his wife were robbed by an intruder who broke into their home last Thursday. The machete-wielding intruder took about $1,000 in cash and no one was hurt, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.Meanwhile, Nevis premier Joseph Parry said in a local radio interview on Tuesday that he visited Breyer at his home last Friday, the day after the robbery took place. Parry also asked for help from witnesses with any information about the incident.By Caribbean News Now contributor Sharing is caring! NewsRegional FBI investigating Nevis robbery of US Supreme Court justice by: – February 15, 2012center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Meet MTSU: Giddy Potts and the making of the nation’s best 3-point shooter

first_imgST. LOUIS — Giddy Potts had never played organized basketball, but his natural scoring ability was a reason for excitement.After moving from Decatur to Athens, Alabama, in the seventh grade, Potts’ reputation grew with every made jumper on the pickup courts. But when he tried out for the Athens (Alabama) High School basketball team, varsity head coach Stace Tedford put him on the freshman squad. The small town — with one public high school and an obsession with its basketball team — was outraged, with some suggesting he be fired. Tedford said Potts’ mother, Tina, “hated” him. Potts had very similar feelings.But Tedford didn’t give in and laid out two conditions for Potts to make varsity: He had to learn how to defend, and he had to stay out of trouble.“He had to buy in, and he did. He was mad that whole freshman year, we kind of went back and forth and he finally bought in on defense,” Tedford said on Saturday. “Then he changed, he finally changed, and by the time he was a senior he was instilling that work ethic in our younger guys.”For Potts — whose given name is Nathanial but is called Giddy because his mom was laughing while giving birth to him — that wasn’t the first obstacle, or the last. He’s the leading scorer (15.1 points per game) on 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee State (25-9, 13-5 Conference USA), which upset Michigan State on Friday and will face 10th-seeded Syracuse (20-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) at 6:10 p.m. in the Scottrade Center on Sunday. He’s also the country’s best 3-point shooter at 50.3 percent as a sophomore, and his road to this Tournament makes him both captivating and composed for the next step of the Blue Raiders’ Cinderella run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPotts’ father left his family when he was a child, leaving Potts as the man of a single-parent home. He then had to work on and off the court to play for Tedford, score 32 points during his senior season to even get Middle Tennessee State’s attention, and then had to lose a lot of weight when he got on campus. This season alone, he missed four games due to academic issues and three more with a concussion right before the postseason.Only eight 15 seeds have ever advanced past the Round of 64. Only one, Florida Golf Coast in 2013, had advanced to the Sweet 16. History isn’t predicting MTSU and Potts to beat the Orange, but Potts is used to betting on himself.“I remember my high school told me that an Auburn coach said that Auburn wasn’t recruiting me because I was too short,” said Potts, who’s 6-foot-2 and a husky 220 pounds for his height. “That really put a chip on my shoulder coming out of high school and I just went to work after that, and now I’m in this spot.”MORE COVERAGE:What Syracuse players and coaches had to say about facing Middle Tennessee StateInteractive graphics breaking down Syracuse and MTSUIn the NCAA Tournament, you never know what will happen next When Potts started at Athens High School, he was approached in the hallway by a senior trying to pick a fight. Instead of freezing up, like a lot of freshmen would, Potts chased the senior down the hallway and remembers saying, “I’m going to beat your ass.” The altercation got him suspended from school and labeled as a talented basketball player who needed to grow up.While he was suspended, Tedford visited Potts at home and posed a very simple question.“Do you really want to play basketball?” Potts remembered Tedford asking him, and he also remembers nodding yes.“If you want to play basketball you can’t be doing things like that,” Tedford said, and that was when Potts the ninth grade scorer started slowly becoming an unlikely star at the center of an unlikely Tournament run.On the freshman team he doggedly defended the ball, trying to prove he could stop guards on the varsity level. When he wasn’t playing in games, he was honing his jump shot at a local Boys and Girls Club. He estimates that he was taking 1,000 shots a day — before school, during school, sometimes late into the night.Athens became a state title contender with him as its leader, and his high school career boiled into one game: Athens versus Wenonah in the Sweet 16 of the 5-A Alabama state tournament. Wenonah had won three straight state championship and its best player, Justin Coleman, had signed to play at Alabama. Athens had Potts, who had only been offered by a few small schools, and a lot people telling them they had no chance.Potts scored 32 points in a 76-72 Athens win. Middle Tennessee State started calling. One week later he committed on the phone while his mother cried next to him. Tedford says that that game changed Potts’ entire life.“I was getting text messages all day Friday after they beat Michigan State saying, ‘Coach, this is just like Giddy’s senior year against Wenonah,” Tedford said. “The belief factor of that kid back here in North Alabama is out of this world, everybody believes in him.”On Friday, Tedford gathered the current Athens team in the high school’s gym to watch Potts and MTSU take on the Spartans. Athens also ended the school day an hour and a half early, and many of its 900 or so students came to the viewing party. They pulled down a projector screen, set up chairs and hoped that the local project could jump over one more hurdle. Make his open jumpers and play good defense. Shock the nation like they knew he could.After Giddy made a mid-range jumper to put the Blue Raiders up five with a minute left in the game, the gym exploded in applause. But Tedford was even happier with a play that came 37 seconds later, when Potts rotated on defense and blocked a Brynn Forbes 3-point attempt. The gym didn’t get as loud for that, but Tedford smiled from his chair and thought about how far Potts had come.Giddy doing more than just scoring. Giddy defending the perimeter. Giddy buying in.“I just thought, ‘There you go, he’s playing defense,’” Tedford said. “And that’s how they beat Michigan State. That’s how he got to where he is, even if the shooting is what people see first.”Now he’s Syracuse’s problem, a capable 2-3 zone buster who can open up the inside for his teammates. It’s fitting that a team that no one saw coming is being led by a player that no one, outside of blue-collar Athens, Alabama, gave much attention to at first. And if Middle Tennessee State has any chance of playing past Sunday and building on the history it’s already made, Potts will need to defy the odds one more time.“And he’s as good a shooter as I’ve seen,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on Saturday. “… You really think it’s a mistake if he misses. Something happened. Because even the tough shots he takes almost go in.” Comments Published on March 19, 2016 at 7:11 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Related Stories What Syracuse basketball players and coaches had to say about facing Middle Tennessee StateSyracuse basketball opponent preview: Visual breakdown of Middle Tennessee StateLIVE BLOG: Follow along during Syracuse and Middle Tennessee State’s Round of 32 media dayBeat writers predict 10th-seeded Syracuse to cruise past 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee StateNCAA Tournament notebook: You never know what’s coming next Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Surf Ballroom up for ACM award

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake is up for a national honor. The venue is one of five nominees for the Academy of County Music Award’s “Venue of the Year-Small Capacity”.The announcements of the ACM nominees were released on Wednesday. The other venues up for the award include the House of Blues in Anaheim California, the House of Blues in Boston, Floore’s in Helotes Texas, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville Tennessee.The Venue of the Year Small Capacity award recognizes an outstanding venue with a maximum capacity of 4000.The 54th annual ACM Awards will be handed out on April 7th.last_img read more