Does high-resolution modelling improve the spatial analysis of föhn flow over the Larsen C ice shelf?

first_imgThe ice shelves on the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula (AP) have been disintegrating for over two decades. Surface melting induced by föhn winds has been proposed as a driver of this disintegration. Föhn winds are adiabatically warmed dry winds, formed by the interaction of a mountain range with perpendicularly approaching winds, in this case of the AP mountains with the prevailing circumpolar westerlies. Assessing their impact is difficult due to the sparsity of observations and the relatively low-resolution of operational forecasts. We have carried out high-resolution simulations using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model to provide more detailed simulations of the spatial distribution of the föhn air. The analysis presented here covers the period from 10 to 22 May 2011 and focuses on two föhn events during this period. Results show that a stable boundary layer can reduce the impact of föhn, as can the occurrence of cooler föhn jets.last_img read more

Is your estate agency branch in a Brexit busting city?

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Is your estate agency branch in a Brexit busting city? previous nextHousing MarketIs your estate agency branch in a Brexit busting city?Latest index focussing on cities from Zoopla reveals that 13 cities outside London and the SE are experiencing strong price rises.Nigel Lewis30th January 201901,641 Views As uncertainty continues over Brexit and Theresa May prepares to return to Brussels to hammer out a new deal, house price research shows many cities outside London have shrugged off the Brexit blues.Zoopla says house prices are rising at least twice as fast as the national house price inflation average of 2.7% in six cities.“As the debate around Brexit intensifies there has been renewed focus on what this means for the housing market,” says Zoopla’s UK Cities House Price Index.“It is clear from the transactional data that households are continuing to buy property at a steady rate and the impetus for growth in both activity and prices is focused in regional housing markets.”The six year-on-year house price increase Brexit-busters are:Edinburgh: 6.8%Liverpool: 6.3%Birmingham: 5.9%Nottingham: 5.9%Cardiff: 5.9%Manchester: 5.8%A further seven cities are seeing growth in excess of the national average:Leeds: 5.7%Sheffield: 5.4%Leicester: 4.6%Belfast: 3.8%Glasgow: 3.3%Newcastle: 3.3%Bristol: 3.3%“The strongest performing cities are outside SE England where affordability remains attractive and employment levels are rising,” says Zoopla’s Research and Insight Director Richard Donnell (below).“We expect current trends in price growth to continue across the rest of this year, with prices rising in line with earnings for much of the UK but lower growth and some house price falls in London and the South.”The story south of the border is a very different one. London has now experienced dropping house prices for 12 months in a row although O’Donnell says transactions appear to have stabilised, and house prices in Cambridge are down by 3.8% year-on-year.Richard O’Donnell Brexit Zoopla January 30, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

O.C. Chamber Names Jon and Patty Talese Citizens of the Year

first_imgJon and Patty Talese, proprietors of Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, are two leading voices for the Ocean City business community and outspoken critics of the movement to raise the minimum wage. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of the Chamber’s 2018 Citizen of the Year Award and Outstanding Business and Beautification Awards.The awards will be presented at the Chamber’s dinner Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Flanders Hotel, 719 E. 11th Street in Ocean City.This year, the Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Jon and Patty Talese. The Talese Family is a longtime Ocean City family that has given back to the community for generations.Jon and Patty are the owners of Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistro, located at 637 Asbury Ave. They are currently celebrating their 10th year in business.The entire Talese family works in the Jon & Patty’s business, according to Ocean City Chamber Marketing Director Shawnda McGinnis.Jon & Patty’s ribbon cutting ceremony for a recent remodel of the restaurant. (Courtesy Ocean City Chamber of Commerce)They opened in 2008 and were the recipient of Outstanding New Business. In 2016, they renovated their building, adding a second story dining room, earning them Outstanding Business Renovation. They continually invest in the Ocean City community.The Taleses actively participate in and donate to many community events. Each year they donate coffee to the “Earlier Than The Bird” event to help promote the “Shop Local” initiative in the downtown.They offer “Thanksgiving Dinner” on Thursdays and donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the food cupboard. They support the local schools through “Friday Night Bites,” a promotion offering discounts for Ocean City School District Red Raider fans before the games. Jon and Patty can be seen supporting events and are involved in just about everything in Ocean City, according to the Chamber.In addition to raising their family and running their business in Ocean City, they have served on many boards and organizations in town, including the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ocean City Tourism Development Commission, Business and Neighborhood Development and Downtown Merchants Association.The Talese family employs many Ocean City residents year round. Their lives and their business are tied closely together.“Our biggest blessing is our employee family at Jon & Patty’s. We are so grateful to share our working lives with all of our employees and count our good fortune to have them with us so faithfully,” Jon Talese said.Jon and Patty live in Ocean City and have four children: Alex, Joseph, Sophia, and Jon Jon. Alex and Joseph opened the business with them and have been there every day for 10 years.As Sophia and Jon Jon came of age, they joined them as well. Alex, 30, and Joseph, 26, are both managers at Jon & Patty’s. Sophia, 20, is a junior at University of San Diego and Jon Jon, 18, is a freshman at the University of Florida.Jilly’s Candy Factory has a ribbon cutting over Memorial Day weekend. (Photo courtesy JASM Consulting)The Business Renovation/Improvement Award, an award that is granted to a business that has taken an existing building and made physical and internal renovations to significantly improve its condition, will be presented to Bungalow Bowls, 13th Street Bathhouse, Jilly’s Candy Factory, Chatterbox, and Spotted Whale.LaScala Pizza and Sand + Stitch will be awarded the Outstanding Landscaping/Signage Award for their new signage.Nauti Donuts and Bennie’s Bread will receive the Business New Construction Award.The Outstanding New Business Award will be presented to Beachin’ Bakery, Coastal Consign and Design, Dockside Kitchen, Farm Stand at 14th St, and Totally Tubular Aqua Park and Salt Works Studio.Chamber Service Award will be given to Phil Perri. Perri has served on the Chamber Board of Directors for many years representing the Forum Motor Inn. He served as president of the Chamber in 1992 and 1993.This year’s Outstanding Civic, Community, Non-Profit Organization Award will be presented to Ocean City Colony ClubSNJ Today and Ocean City Coffee Company will receive the Outstanding Use of Technology Award.The Outstanding Service to the Community Award will be presented to Jennifer Bowman and Kookie Kids.Dockside Kitchen opened in the summer and built up a following with its gourmet entrees. The Chamber will present the owners with an Outstanding New Businesses Award. (Photo Courtesy of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce)Special Awards will be presented for milestone anniversaries. These businesses include:10th Anniversary – Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro20th Anniversary – Goldcoast Sotheby’s25th Anniversary – Johnny B Goode Ice Cream Parlor30th Anniversary – Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns45th Anniversary – Osborne’s Inn50th Anniversary – Oves50th Anniversary – Sea Gull Shop90th Anniversary – Bob’s Grill90th Anniversary – Ocean City Pops Orchestra95th Anniversary – The Flanders Hotel115th Anniversary – Shoemaker Lumber Company325th Anniversary – Cape May CountyFor dinner reservations, $55 per person, or to congratulate the winners in the 2018 Program Book, call the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce office at (609) 399-1412 or email [email protected]last_img read more

Vital challenge, for those always ready

first_imgAs the coronavirus pandemic continues to swell, first responders and emergency room personnel are squarely in the path of COVID-19. Against a backdrop of reports of tight supplies of personal protective equipment, the Gazette turned to Paul Biddinger, director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Disaster Medicine, vice chairman for emergency preparedness in MGH’s Emergency Medicine Department, and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, to describe the massive public health challenge facing police, fire, and emergency medical responders.Q&APaul BiddingerGAZETTE: You were an EMT (emergency medical technician) at one point, weren’t you?BIDDINGER: I was. The whole reason I went into medicine was from being an EMT in New Jersey back in the ’80s. So it remains near to my heart. I work closely with a lot of first responders, and I certainly still see myself as a first responder in many ways.GAZETTE: We’ve heard about shortages of protective equipment, but what are the major issues facing first-line responders: EMTs, police, fire, and ER [emergency room] personnel?BIDDINGER: There’s no question that first responders have some of the greatest risks of anyone in a community-wide infectious disease outbreak like this. They respond and often are required to act with limited information, whether it’s law enforcement in a threatening situation or the fire service or EMS [emergency medical services] being asked to provide lifesaving care. They sometimes have to act before they’re able to get a full history of what the patient may be experiencing or what other risk factors, like exposure to infectious disease, they may have.So it’s understandable that public safety workers are concerned. On top of that, the police and fire departments that don’t also provide EMS and ambulance services often have relatively little training in using medical personal protective equipment (PPE) for infectious diseases. Besides training, they may not have access to PPE on their response vehicles. Even in EMS, EMTs and paramedics have some general training on universal precautions, but may have limited access to supplies on their vehicles or limited specific training on how to use it, or both.GAZETTE: Are there things that a responder should do routinely now? Everybody already wears gloves, right?BIDDINGER: One thing we should be doing is strengthening our protocols at the public safety answering points — those are the people who answer the 911 calls.During the Ebola epidemic, people started asking about travel history more than before, even for calls that didn’t sound like infectious disease — like chest pain or passing out. On 911 calls, you need to be efficient, ask questions, and get answers quickly so you don’t delay care. But they should be asking about whether anyone has fever and respiratory symptoms and whether anyone has had contact with COVID. Making this a part of how they query callers is really, really important.GAZETTE: Should they routinely put on face masks?BIDDINGER: There isn’t evidence that wearing one all the time is helpful. That’s true for the public, and that’s true for first responders. We worry that it actually increases their chance of self-contamination, because if the mask becomes contaminated, the longer they keep it on, the higher the risk that they may become infected by it through accidental touching or other exposures.It would be a good idea to give law enforcement, the fire service, even EMS a clear script of two, three, four questions that they ask every time to help them identify risks. Providing them with very simple questions as they approach a scene or approach a person in need can help them identify risks very quickly. Then the script should let the police officer or firefighter know what they should do if they get a certain answer.GAZETTE: What’s the level of concern among the people who staff the ER and the first responders out there? They deal with so much; do they get blasé after a while, or is this different?BIDDINGER: It’s fair to say that there’s a lot of anxiety out there in all communities, and that includes the first response and the medical community. I think anytime you’re first to interact with the public there is absolutely some risk associated. And that, understandably, makes people anxious.I think the emergency department setting is different. The emergency department has access to much better supplies, personal protective equipment, and better training. But the risk is higher because that’s where you’re asking people with symptoms to go. That’s why we provide the equipment, the training, all the resources that we do. “There’s no question that first responders have some of the greatest risks of anyone in a community-wide infectious disease outbreak like this.” Q&A on Harvard’s move to online learning A big coronavirus mystery: What about the children? Related ‘Worry about 4 weeks from now,’ epidemiologist warns Chan School’s Lipsitch says that and other key questions remain over China’s status, how bad the outbreak eventually will be in the U.S. and elsewhere, and most effective countermeasures center_img GAZETTE: How serious is the shortage of personal protective equipment?BIDDINGER: It’s quite serious. No one is able to get as much personal protective equipment on the market as they might like. We’ve only started to see increases in patients now, so it’s challenging to imagine how much this situation may change, with even more use of personal protective equipment, with more patients in front of us. So hopefully manufacturing will increase and keep pace with the demand. Hopefully, both at the governmental level as well as at the organizational level, policies will prevent hoarding and prevent maldistribution of personal protective equipment. But I think it remains a significant concern.GAZETTE: You’ve already handled some of the Biogen (COVID) patients, how are things changing at MGH to address this?BIDDINGER: We’ve been designated as a regional special pathogens treatment center by the federal government and have had procedures, policies, and training in place for these kinds of outbreaks for at least five years. But still there’s a lot that we’ve had to do.We are having challenges purchasing as much PPE as we would like, so we meet every day with our supply-chain leaders and discuss what we’ve been able to purchase and what our usage rates are. We have had to pull back some of the inventory, meaning large quantities of things that were stocked on floors are now stocked centrally. We absolutely can supply every clinical worker with the PPE that he or she needs to do their job, but the way they get it has become a little more cumbersome, just to make sure we don’t waste. We’ve had a lot of education about the right personal protective equipment to use for the right situation.In the midst of all this, the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] is changing the guidelines for what PPE should be used for respiratory viral syndromes. They’re asking us to add eye protection. So we’re educating staff on the new protocol very quickly and combining that message with conservation strategies, appropriate-use strategies. Harvard’s Lipsitch urges public to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests Officials detail University’s battle plan to combat coronavirus while education continues GAZETTE: Are we more prepared now than we would have been before SARS or H1N1?BIDDINGER: Absolutely. We learned lessons about signs, that we should be taking travel history, and early in H1N1 there was an extremely important lesson because there was panic buying of personal protective equipment and hoarding. We very quickly had a N95 respirator shortage. From that experience, manufacturers and distributors developed a process of being “on allocation.” When supplies start to become short, they will only deliver amounts consistent with the historical usage of each of their customers. So customer A can’t order four times as much and then customers B, C, and D don’t get any. We’ve put some safety brakes into the system, which is quite helpful, but there has still been increased use, and supply has not kept up with demand.GAZETTE: What advice do you have for chiefs and others on the front lines? Are there still things that they can do?BIDDINGER: There’s a great national resource called the National Ebola Training and Education Center, NETEC. This was created in 2014‒15 for Ebola response and is focused completely on health care response to emerging infections. They have an EMS group with lots of practitioners and leaders in this area, and they’ve been producing webinars, training materials, other resources specifically for EMS.At the leadership level, chiefs and medical directors should go there to learn what they’re recommending, see what some of their educational materials are, and they may want to adopt them for use for their staff. There’s not really much time to make major changes at departments — equipment and staff — but there is definitely time for education and awareness, and that can go a long way.Just like with the public, we really emphasize hand-washing and awareness of touching surfaces and touching one’s face. And, for EMS, knowing how to take off your gloves correctly, knowing when to protect your eyes, those things are incredibly important. I appreciate that masks or respirators are somewhat challenging to acquire right now, but there are lots of other ways that they can limit their exposure, provide care, and keep themselves safe.last_img read more

Big Events & Big Data Redefine Rio de Janeiro

first_imgThe digital economy has been a key agent of change in Latin America. This is especially true in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As Rio prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic games, it is embracing technology and real time data management to ensure success.The forces of Mobile, Social and Big Data are redefining a whole city and the major events that will take place there. EMC is taking a leading role to help enable this transformation.Rio de Janeiro’s Digital Economic GrowthThinking beyond FIFA and the International Olympic Committee, Rio is taking advantage of its world-class appeal and these major events to attract large global organizations, embrace local academia, and promote a start-up friendly business environment.Major construction and development often poses challenges related to transportation, security and healthcare. Rio is addressing many of these challenges by leveraging technology in the most innovative manner.The Rio Center of Operations is one example. By converging huge amounts of live data from a multitude of traffic and surveillance cameras, social networks and a variety of other data sources, the Center of Operations mobilizes the resources at its disposal to quickly remediate critical situations.The government is not the only entity taking advantage of the growth of mobile data and infrastructure. This modern approach is helping create a greater sense of community between “cariocas” (the people of Rio). Startup companies are sprouting to offer enhanced mobile services that help to facilitate better life experiences to millions of people that call Rio home.The numbers that represent the digital economy are impressive. For example, Brazil has the fourth highest Internet usage in the world with 86 million users and the second largest national population on Facebook. In addition, revenue generated via e-commerce is estimated to be worth $12B annually.This leads to a greater technology-enabled population relying upon mobile information and new social platforms as a way to transform their economy and society altogether.EMC Invests in Rio de JaneiroIn May, EMC will inaugurate a new R&D facility at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). This facility will be located within the Technology Park on the UFRJ campus, joining Siemens, Schlumberger and Halliburton.EMC’s Brazil R&D Center (BRDC) will provide a permanent home to the team of data scientists that have been working on relevant Big Data projects for the last 18 months such as joint research with several oil & gas companies, data repositories, industry technology providers and even the Rio government.An example of a recent breakthrough is the work the BRDC has done on seismic data compression. Long thought uncompressible, the BRDC has created new algorithmic methods that significantly compress these terabyte files to just a fraction of their original size. This is very important for an industry that is struggling to bring more and more data online for advanced interpretation and analysis. Patents should be filed this month with field trials to commence shortly after.The first EMC Executive Briefing Center (EBC) in Latin America will be located within the R&D Center and will support all Latin American business interests. EBCs around the world help EMC customers tackle their hardest IT transformation questions, offering access to EMC subject matter experts, executives, and engineers through collaborative discussion sessions. EMC strives to accelerate the impact of our investments by offering proven, world-class customer engagements that leverage 20 years of success and experience as a global offering.The city of Rio is a real-life laboratory where Big Data is a force of change. It is an honor for us at EMC to be part of a quest to redefine as the world focuses attention on Rio during the next several years.For more about the BRDC, follow @kbreitman and @timvoyt on Twitter.last_img read more

Notre Dame community members speak on climate change at South Bend Common Council meeting

first_imgPeople of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities, all sporting bright green stickers reading “Climate Champions,” filtered into the the City County Building in downtown South Bend Monday for the South Bend Common Council meeting regarding climate change.The room was filled — nearly to capacity — with young people, Notre Dame students and faculty who have teamed up to promote climate recovery in South Bend. This meeting, the first of two conversations on climate change with the Council, provides students with a platform to discuss the causes of climate change and the negative effects that have impacted South Bend and Notre Dame. Ryan Kolakowski | The Observer Notre Dame senior Tai Verbrugge speaks on the topic of climate change at a South Bend Common Council meeting Monday evening.Alan Hamlet, a civil and environmental engineering professor, shared an overview of the effects climate change will have on South Bend and Notre Dame. Hamlet presented the results from the Indiana Climate Change Impact Assessment, a project of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.“What people do in the 21st century, it plays a very significant role in how warm climate gets in Indiana,” Hamlet said. “It’s very important, what we do in terms of mitigating or correcting the situation with too many greenhouse gases in the environment.”Hamlet said South Bend residents need to be prepared for significant warming, even if practices are put in place to reduce carbon emissions. Models show average temperatures could increase between 10 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit in Indiana, Hamlet said.“These changes are extremely large,” he said. “If this happens, we will suffer severe impacts in Indiana and as a nation going forward.”Notre Dame senior Tai Verbrugge shared his own concerns about climate change with the five present council members. He said that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached levels around 400 parts per million, higher than ever before in recorded history.“The greenhouse effect gives us relatively straightforward logic,” Verbrugge said. “The more carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere, the hotter our planet gets.”Verbrugge said that change must come from local communities like South Bend because national and global climate recovery efforts have not been taken seriously.“The Paris Agreement calls on each of its 184 ratifying parties to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, though contributions vary country by country,” Verbrugge said. “Though the Paris Agreement went into force in 2016, the White House has since signaled that American withdrawal from that is on the table, so it’s clear that federal help in this is not necessarily coming.”Senior Jacqueline Brebeck framed the impacts of climate change around South Bend and Notre Dame. A polar vortex brought sub-zero temperatures to South Bend with wind chills near 50 degrees below zero during the last week of January.“A couple weeks ago, we all had the pleasure of experiencing the polar vortex,” Brebeck said. “It is named the polar vortex for a reason. It should stay there … When we were experiencing the polar vortex, Alaska was actually warmer than us and having not a bad day, so that is one very real scenario that has already happened in South Bend.”Students from Good Shepherd Montessori School and John Adams High School aided Notre Students with their presentations. Council members Jo Broden and Jake Teshka led the audience in applause after the student presentations concluded.Philip Sakimoto, the director of the Program in Academic Excellence at Notre Dame, shared a public comment near the end of the Common Council meeting.“Wouldn’t it be great to, within the next month or two, hand Mayor Pete [Buttigieg] a climate recovery ordinance for his signature?” Sakimoto said. “Imagine him bringing that to the national stage saying that, ‘Look, this is what we did in South Bend. This is what the entire country can do.’”The South Bend Common Council will reconvene on Feb. 27 to continue the conversation about climate change. Next week, the council will focus on local solutions, said Therese Dorau, the director of the South Bend Office of Sustainability. The council members expressed gratitude for the presenters and other students in attendance Monday night.“First and foremost, let me all just thank you all,” Broden said. “What you have done tonight for our community and for our council is provide compelling science and compelling testimony. Your voices will not go unheard. Your plea will not go unanswered as far as I can help it.”Tags: Climate change, environment, South Bend Common Councillast_img read more

60-Year-Old Man Dies Of COVID-19 In Chautauqua County

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – One more person has died as a result of COVID-19 infection in Chautauqua County.Officials say the case, which was first reported Saturday, resulted in the death of a man in his 60s.“We were notified of this case and associated death on Saturday afternoon,” said officials. “The numbers we report daily reflect what is reported to us by noon each day.”Health officials said the man lived in the first COVID-19 map battalion, which is in the north east part of the county. This is the fourth COVID-19 related death reported in Chautauqua County.There remain 36 total confirmed cases with five active and 28 others recovering.In Cattaraugus County, officials say two additional cases were reported on Sunday.The 40th case involves a woman who lives in the northwest quadrant of the county, who had no significant travel history, developed a persistent cough, headaches, and body aches. The 41st confirmed case involves a female healthcare worker living in the northwest quadrant of the county. While working at a nursing home in Buffalo officials said she had direct contact with a positive COVID-19 co-worker and patient. The health department has now begun a contact tracing investigation for those infected.“We continue to ask our residents to hunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19 otherwise, you place your family and other Cattaraugus County residents at risk,” explained health officials. “If travel is necessary, please wear a homemade cloth face mask while in public and maintain social distancing, at least 6 feet away from other people.”There are now a total of 41 confirmed cases, 13 active cases and 26 people recovered from the virus.Two people have died due to COVID-19 complications in Cattaraugus County.last_img read more

How COVID-19 forced a shift in technology production at United FCU

first_img continue reading » A global pandemic doesn’t stop technology development, but it does cause schedules to change.At least, that’s true for United Federal Credit Union ($3.2B, Saint Joseph, MI). The coronavirus pandemic has changed how United’s nearly 180,000 members across six states bank with the credit union. Michigan’s fifth-largest credit union by assets entered the year with a planned development roadmap, but new needs arising from the pandemic required United to reprioritize projects and shift its calendar.“We shifted a lot of our digital and analytical roadmap to align with COVID,” says Duane Wilcoxson, chief information officer at United FCU. “We had to.”In this Q&A, Wilcoxson discusses how United’s development cycle has changed since early 2020, the need to escalate certain projects, the pace of development then and now, and more. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Lawmakers must take on the NRA

first_imgFor example, following the mass shootings in Parkland, Fla., NRA leaders, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump all insisted that the problem was “mental illness.” However, in depth analyses indicate that the vast majority of mass shootings are not committed by the diagnosable mentally ill. Moreover, only a few percent of all violent acts in our country are committed by individuals who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, and the percentage of crimes they commit with a gun is lower than the national average for persons not diagnosed with mental illness. Thus, even if we could cure all mental illness — a worthy goal — violent crimes would only be reduced by a few percent.While mass shootings capture the headlines, they represent a small percentage of firearm deaths in America. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, there were over 33,000 firearm deaths in America. Of these deaths, about 480 were attributed to mass shootings. For years, the NRA has prevented the CDC from doing research into the causes of our very high rates of firearm deaths. It’s time to elect lawmakers who will confront the NRA and allow research into this very serious problem. Moreover, such lawmakers could enact sensible gun laws supported by the majority of Americans, such as banning assault rifles and adopting universal background checks.Don SteinerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: 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 intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The National Rifle Association (NRA) and many Republican law makers refuse to acknowledge that the pervasiveness and availability of guns in our country play a major role in our high rate of firearm deaths.last_img read more

Palembang lecturer investigated for sexual assault of underage boy

first_imgThe police in Palembang, South Sumatra, are investigating a 43-year-old private university lecturer after he was caught sexually assaulting an underage boy.The Palembang Police’s Control Unit (Sabhara) chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Sonny Triyanto said the man, identified only as RN, and the 14-year-old boy were found together inside an empty shed by officers who were on patrol around the city’s Jakabaring district on Thursday evening.The officers caught the lecturer red-handed and he initially tried to escape when they approached him, Sonny said, but RN later admitted his wrongdoing after further questioning. According to the police’s initial investigation, RN offered the boy Rp 20,000 (US$1.35) in exchange for oral sex.The police alleged that RN had also assaulted the boy’s friend of the same age, offering the latter the same amount of money.”It is suspected that there is more than one victim,” Sonny said.RN was charged under Law No. 35/2013 on child protection for sexually assaulting minors, which carries a sentence of more than five years in prison.”The Palembang Police’s Criminal Investigation Department is currently investigating the case, officers are still questioning the suspect,” Sonny added. (nal)Topics :last_img read more