Shining a light on bicycle safety in Boston

first_img“Picture a bridge over a river with a hole in the middle,” said Dahianna Lopez, a Ph.D. student in health policy at Harvard. “When people cross it, some are going to fall through the hole and into the water below. There will be people on the river bank who will jump in and pull them out one by one — those are the doctors. But the public health professionals will ask, ‘Hold on a second, why is there a hole in the bridge? How many people are falling through? How can we fix it?’”Lopez is asking similar questions in her own research, as she works to shine a light on the factors that make it more likely for cyclists and pedestrians to be involved in a crash on the streets of Boston. She is earning her doctoral degree in health policy, with a concentration in evaluative science and statistics, through a University-wide interdisciplinary program offered through Harvard School of Public Health and five other Schools, and expects to graduate in 2016. She has received financial support for her work from the Boston Area Research Initiative at the Radcliffe Institute and the Rappaport Institute at the Kennedy School.For the past year, Lopez has worked with Boston’s Police Department, Department of Transportation, and Mayor’s Office on an assessment of bicyclist injuries in the city. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Senate filibuster fight cools for now, but battles ahead

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving forward with a power-sharing agreement in the evenly-split chamber after Republican leader Mitch McConnell backed off his demand that Senate Democrats preserve the procedural tool known as the filibuster. The stand-off between McConnell and new Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had all but ground the Senate to a halt in the early days of the Democratic majority and threatened President Joe Biden’s agenda. Schumer refused to meet McConnell’s demands. But the debate over the filibuster is far from over. McConnell warned Tuesday of all the ways the Senate business could still be tied in knots if Democrats try to press on with plans to pursue changes to the filibuster.last_img read more

Costa Rican Coast Guard Chief Hails Effectiveness of Operation MARTILLO

first_imgDuring one successful Operation MARTILLO mission on April 29, law enforcement authorities, with the support of P-3 aircraft, interdicted a 30-foot, 250-horsepower go-fast boat which was carrying more than half a ton of cocaine. SNG personnel aboard three vessels deployed by Costa Rica’s police maritime security force intercepted the go-fast boat — which had no license number or name — off the Pacific coast, some 84 nautical miles southwest of the city of Quepos, one of the country’s major tourist resorts. There, SNG agents found 591 kilos of cocaine packed in 23 bags, and arrested the vessel’s three crew members, two Ecuadoreans and one Costa Rican national. Law enforcement authorities suspect the boat was from Ecuador. SNG agents interdict narco-boats The success of Operation MARTILLO The use of P-3 aircraft also enhances communications, he added, because “our vessels, our operators talk with the P3,” and the P3 communicates that information to authorities. During those efforts, military authorities in Operation MARTILLO remain on the lookout for new trends – such as the increasing number of Ecuadorean narco-ships in the region. These are typically small go-fast boats, which are difficult to spot. Most of them leave Ecuadorean port installations on the Pacific Ocean, go past that South American nation’s Galapagos Islands, and continue by Costa Rica’s Cocos Island. Drug traffickers often offload cocaine in Costa Rica for storage, and later attempt to ship the narcotics to Guatemala, Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Their boats, meanwhile, can be supported by as many as 21 other vessels providing logistical support, such as fuel and ammunition. The initiative has proven successful in interdicting drugs in the region, and a key component in that effort has been the use of Orion P3 patrol airplanes by U.S. Coast Guard personnel. These aircraft have sophisticated equipment that helps law enforcement officers detect and capture go-fast boats and fishing vessels that drug traffickers use to transport drugs, Col. Arias told Diálogo. The head of Costa Rica’s National Coast Guard Service (SNG), Colonel Martín Arias, is an enthusiastic supporter of Operation MARTILLO – a multinational initiative against drug trafficking along Central American coastal waters. SNG agents interdict narco-boats By Dialogo May 26, 2015 Such capabilities have helped law enforcement authorities achieve a high rate of success in stopping narco-boats that attempt to transport drugs from Ecuador and Colombia north to Honduras and Guatemala. Since Military authorities launched Operation MARTILLO in January 2012, the initiative has resulted in the seizure of about 400 tons of cocaine, worth an estimated $8 billion. “If we, as countries, don’t coordinate … the winners are the drug traffickers,” Col. Arias said. “So, working in regional blocs, results are bigger, and we’re going to see more numerous results in the months to come, in the years to come.” “They’re Ecuadorean vessels, with Ecuadorean licenses, but usually operated by Colombians,” Col. Arias said. “It’s a mode we’ve been finding for almost a year.” During one successful Operation MARTILLO mission on April 29, law enforcement authorities, with the support of P-3 aircraft, interdicted a 30-foot, 250-horsepower go-fast boat which was carrying more than half a ton of cocaine. SNG personnel aboard three vessels deployed by Costa Rica’s police maritime security force intercepted the go-fast boat — which had no license number or name — off the Pacific coast, some 84 nautical miles southwest of the city of Quepos, one of the country’s major tourist resorts. There, SNG agents found 591 kilos of cocaine packed in 23 bags, and arrested the vessel’s three crew members, two Ecuadoreans and one Costa Rican national. Law enforcement authorities suspect the boat was from Ecuador. On the same day, agents on one of the SNG vessels also interdicted a nearby boat, the “Pura Vida,” with the support of personnel on another P-3 aircraft who spotted the suspicious boat. In addition to arresting the two crew members, the law enforcement officers found 24 fuel drums, a handgun, a GPS device, a satellite telephone, and two cell phones on the boat. The two countries have cooperated in the fight against drug trafficking for years. For example, in 1999, Costa Rica and the U.S. signed a joint patrol agreement calling for the Coast Guards of both countries to work together in Costa Rican and international waters in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Such capabilities have helped law enforcement authorities achieve a high rate of success in stopping narco-boats that attempt to transport drugs from Ecuador and Colombia north to Honduras and Guatemala. Since Military authorities launched Operation MARTILLO in January 2012, the initiative has resulted in the seizure of about 400 tons of cocaine, worth an estimated $8 billion. The importance of cooperation These are typically small go-fast boats, which are difficult to spot. Most of them leave Ecuadorean port installations on the Pacific Ocean, go past that South American nation’s Galapagos Islands, and continue by Costa Rica’s Cocos Island. Drug traffickers often offload cocaine in Costa Rica for storage, and later attempt to ship the narcotics to Guatemala, Mexico, the United States, and Europe. Their boats, meanwhile, can be supported by as many as 21 other vessels providing logistical support, such as fuel and ammunition. To combat sophisticated drug trafficking organizations, Costa Rica works in cooperation with various U.S. security forces, often through the former’s local Drug Enforcement Police and the Intelligence and National Security Bureau. Costa Rica also works closely with the security forces of neighboring countries, such as Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, and Honduras. During those efforts, military authorities in Operation MARTILLO remain on the lookout for new trends – such as the increasing number of Ecuadorean narco-ships in the region. “They’re Ecuadorean vessels, with Ecuadorean licenses, but usually operated by Colombians,” Col. Arias said. “It’s a mode we’ve been finding for almost a year.” The importance of cooperation The head of Costa Rica’s National Coast Guard Service (SNG), Colonel Martín Arias, is an enthusiastic supporter of Operation MARTILLO – a multinational initiative against drug trafficking along Central American coastal waters. To combat sophisticated drug trafficking organizations, Costa Rica works in cooperation with various U.S. security forces, often through the former’s local Drug Enforcement Police and the Intelligence and National Security Bureau. P3 patrol airplanes are crucial in Operation MARTILLO’s continuing efforts to fight such narco-trafficking. On the same day, agents on one of the SNG vessels also interdicted a nearby boat, the “Pura Vida,” with the support of personnel on another P-3 aircraft who spotted the suspicious boat. In addition to arresting the two crew members, the law enforcement officers found 24 fuel drums, a handgun, a GPS device, a satellite telephone, and two cell phones on the boat. The initiative has proven successful in interdicting drugs in the region, and a key component in that effort has been the use of Orion P3 patrol airplanes by U.S. Coast Guard personnel. These aircraft have sophisticated equipment that helps law enforcement officers detect and capture go-fast boats and fishing vessels that drug traffickers use to transport drugs, Col. Arias told Diálogo. Since January 1, the SNG has interdicted nine go-fast boats and three fishing boats, which were allegedly carrying more than 3.9 tons of cocaine; in total it has carried out 25 maritime interdictions, seizing more than 15.3 tons of cocaine, according to the Public Security Ministry. The use of P-3 aircraft also enhances communications, he added, because “our vessels, our operators talk with the P3,” and the P3 communicates that information to authorities. Since January 1, the SNG has interdicted nine go-fast boats and three fishing boats, which were allegedly carrying more than 3.9 tons of cocaine; in total it has carried out 25 maritime interdictions, seizing more than 15.3 tons of cocaine, according to the Public Security Ministry. The success of Operation MARTILLO P3 patrol airplanes are crucial in Operation MARTILLO’s continuing efforts to fight such narco-trafficking. “For an operation to be successful, really successful … support from the air –with the P3 airplanes – is extremely important, because the sea is vast, weather conditions – in general – are adverse, so it helps you intervene and reach targets more precisely,” Col. Arias said. “With a P3 plane, the probability of a vessel carrying narcotics, the possibility of capture, is 90 percent,” but “without a P3, it drops … to 10 percent.” The two countries have cooperated in the fight against drug trafficking for years. For example, in 1999, Costa Rica and the U.S. signed a joint patrol agreement calling for the Coast Guards of both countries to work together in Costa Rican and international waters in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Authorities spot new trends on drug routes Costa Rica also works closely with the security forces of neighboring countries, such as Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, and Honduras. Authorities spot new trends on drug routes “For an operation to be successful, really successful … support from the air –with the P3 airplanes – is extremely important, because the sea is vast, weather conditions – in general – are adverse, so it helps you intervene and reach targets more precisely,” Col. Arias said. “With a P3 plane, the probability of a vessel carrying narcotics, the possibility of capture, is 90 percent,” but “without a P3, it drops … to 10 percent.” “If we, as countries, don’t coordinate … the winners are the drug traffickers,” Col. Arias said. “So, working in regional blocs, results are bigger, and we’re going to see more numerous results in the months to come, in the years to come.”last_img read more

Food Distribution operation in Windsor feeds over 500 families

first_imgWINDSOR (WBNG) — The Food Bank of the Southern Tier held a food distribution operation in Windsor Friday morning. Windsor Central High School provided the venue for the operation. For the first time residents in windsor got food from the Nourish NY program, this includes fresh dairy and fresh produce. This is the second time the highschool has hosted a Food Bank Distribution operation. “To be able to have our staff volunteer here and to be able to give back in some way and being able to host and help out with the distribution is a great opportunity for us and it brings us great joy.” said Jason Andrews the Superintendant of Schools in Windsor. Officials from the highschool said they’re fortunate to be apart of a supportive community. The operation was contactless, drivers were asked to remain in their cars, keep their windows rolled up and pop the trunk. Volunteers would then load boxes into their trunk. More than 500 families pre-registered to get meals to go. The schools food service department has now served 75,000 meals to children in their area, todays operation they say is an example of the need not only in windsor, but across broome county and the southern tier.last_img read more

Traditional Queenslanders bookend super-sized auction

first_imgSurprises inside this recently renovated Queenslander.Tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac this traditional home has been renovated to an eye-catching contemporary style. Belle Property agent Deborah Sutton said the home’s recent renovations are a standout. “The owners have completely renovated the property,” Ms Sutton said.“It has been raised and built it underneath for extra space with original VJ timbers sourced.“The renovation is sympathetic to the original style with sleek finishes to the kitchen and bathrooms.” Rooms with million dollar views.Designed as the dream home for a Brisbane entrepreneurial couple, it sits at the high point of Balmoral hill and Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett describes the home as one in a million. “The home boasts sweeping views with full river and city views from the front and river to gateway views from the back of the property,” she said.The property is located around the corner from Bulimba’s Oxford Street boasting the best of Brisbane shops and eateries. Ms Hackett said that there is a sweeping view from every room. Multiple level living.Around the corner at 1pm, 41 Dickens Street, Norman Park, will also go under the hammer. Stunning city and river views from 15 Wentworth Pde, BalmoralKicking things off for an early 9am start will be a charming Queenslander at 19a Clegg Parade, Newmarket. Bathroom with monochromatic styling of a high standard.“It would suit a growing family,” Mr Price said.There is an open-plan design to the upstairs areas with the large lounge, kitchen and dining areas all interconnected. Open-plan design connects upstairs living areas.An added feature is a gourmet kitchen which would satisfy a discerning chef. Bar and Kitchen with more views.The home has enjoyed interest from empty nesters’ to large families. “The home’s layout is that it could adapt to any size family,” Ms Hackett said. “You could live on one or all levels.” The home will go to auction at 10am on Saturday. VJs and fretwork add to the home’s charm.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“There is absolutely no work to be done on the property.”The home will go to auction on Saturday, at 9am. Kitchen in keeping with traditional style.The home is perched above the tree canopy and the back deck hosts sweeping views across to Mt Coot-tha.center_img Another million dollar view from the comfort of the lounge room.“With a large bar and centrally located kitchen there’s no need to go out,” she said.“And with mild Brisbane’s winter weather the entertaining areas are perfect for indoor and outdoor living.” Sophisticated bathroom styling combines with traditional louvres.“It would be suited to young professionals or a family as it is located in the Wilston State School catchment area with access to the Newmarket Shopping Precinct.” ’Wandana’ a majestic residence at Balmoral.At 10am it’s a quick trip across the Story Bridge to 15 Wentworth Parade, Balmoral, where the majestic ‘Wandana’ is set to go under the hammer. Renovated Queenslander in poet’s corner.This three bedroom, two bathroom Queenslander is in the sought-after poets’ corner of inner Brisbane. The property was recently renovated and with monochromatic styling, which is crisp and clean. Ray White Each Brisbane agent Garry Price believes it’s a perfect family home. “There is nothing to do, just move right in and enjoy.” Bedrooms are all upstairs and with an additional downstairs living area. The home at 15 Wentworth Parade, Balmoral, will go to auction this weekend.Whether you’re on a beer or champagne budget, this weekend’s buyer will be spoiled for choice. Two meticulously restored and styled Queenslanders bookend this Saturday’s showstopper — the architecturally designed ‘Wandana’ at Balmoral. Enjoy sweeping views across to Mt Coot-tha.Ms Sutton said the home would be suited to families due to it’s location and is turnkey. Styled and functional gourmet kitchen.The home will go to auction on August 4, at 1pm.last_img read more

Area Baseball Sectional Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Baseball Sectional Scores.  Thursday  (5-29)Sectional 60 @ Shawe Memorial.Jac-Cen-Del  10     South Decatur  0Hauser  17     Shawe Memorial  1Submitted by The IHSAA.last_img

UPDATE: Suspect in Bright robbery shot in Miamisburg

first_imgBright, In. — UPDATE #2 12:59 p.m. 4/4/18— A report from WHIO says Miamisburg police have shot and wounded the suspect in the Dollar General Store robbery in Bright.A report from the Miamisburg Police Department says the suspect was shot following an “officer in distress” call from the Red Roof Inn on Byers Road sometime Wednesday morning. Unconfirmed reports indicate the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit tracked the 38-year-old Dayton man to the Dayton area.Identities of the suspect and the Miamisburg police officer have not been released. UPDATE #1: Less than 24-hours after an armed robbery at the Dollar General Store in Bright police have a suspect in custody.Dearborn-Ohio County prosecutor Lynn Deddens says the name of the suspect will be released once formal charges are filed.Original story:Detectives from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department are searching for a suspect in the armed robbery of a Bright business Monday night.Reports indicate the suspect entered the Dollar General store on Stateline Road in Lawrenceburg around 9:50 p.m. with a black handgun and demanded cash. The suspect fled in a dark-colored pickup truck with an undisclosed amount of cash.Police say the man is described as a white male, in his early 30’s, wearing a white T-shirt, a dark hoodie and a dark Carhartt-type jacket, blue sweatpants, white shoes and black stocking cap. Witnesses told police the suspect has a mustache and a “soul patch” below the lower lip.Information can be left confidentially by calling 812-537-3571.last_img read more

Liverpool assure Premier League they’ll field strongest team in fixtures

first_img The club have reportedly assured the Premier League that Jurgen Klopp will select the players who are fit and in the best form for all games. The Reds are out of the Champions League and FA Cup, so they have no other competitions to think about should play resume. read also:Premier League: Liverpool fans named ‘sexiest’ supporters The league is still in discussions to figure out how the season would resume during the COVID-19 outbreak. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool will not field a weakened team in the remaining Premier League games. Loading… Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Rarest And Most Valuable Card In The Whole World8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became CloseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? The Reds are likely to wrap up the title within one or two matchdays when play resumes. But the club are not going to impact the integrity of the league by playing reserves for the remaining fixtures, per The Telegraph.Advertisementlast_img read more

Beckham’s Inter budgets $1bn for new stadium

first_imgRelatedPosts Higuain joins Inter Miami after Juventus exit Matuidi joins David Beckham’s Inter Miami Cantona to receive UEFA President’s Award  David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer team Inter Miami has unveiled plans for a new $966 million (£751m) stadium.The club have revealed artist’s impressions of their potential home in Florida, complete with both palm trees and a bar on the roof.Posting on their official Instagram account, a number of pictures were made available to the public of the 26,000-seat arena, which the club hopes to be ready by 2022.As they are scheduled to make their league debut next year, they will play at Lockhart – where old the Miami Fusion team played between 1998-2001. Building work is ongoing in a bid for the temporary stadium to be ready for 2020.The Miami Herald reported that there are a number of construction issues which stem from arsenic contamination – at more than twice the legal limit – and hazardous debris in the soil.As a result, more than 200 workers are on site for 12 hours a day, seven days a week in a bid to beat the deadline ahead of next MLS season.“Organised chaos,” Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough told media of the new complex. “But we’ll be ready.”Beckham already has an affiliation with MLS, having played for LA Galaxy between 2007-2013. The former England star moved to America following the conclusion of a spell at Real Madrid.Beckham’s arrival in the States caused a stir with thousands of fans turning out to his unveiling.After joining for a fee believed to be £24.5m, the former Manchester United star made an impact on the major American league – with more than 5,000 fans turning up for his unveiling.He was one of the first major signings which inspired more marquees to make the move to the USA towards the end of their careers, including Steven Gerrard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thierry Henry and Andrea Pirlo.Tags: David Beckhamlast_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino expects Chelsea to be in Champions League contention

first_img The Blues are enduring a nightmare start to their title defence and will arrive at White Hart Lane on Sunday 10 points and 10 places behind their London rivals. Spurs, in fifth, are favourites to pick up three points and heap more misery on Jose Mourinho’s stuttering side. “When you work hard and you play well you need a positive result to be confident and to believe. The positive result was the victory against Chelsea. It helped the team to believe more. “We started to feel that the players believe, they are confident and comfortable in the way we play, the way we train, and I think that is the most important thing. “It was difficult for (Mourinho) because he was very upset and didn’t speak. I could understand – it has been like that some games for me. “Sometimes when you have lost you don’t want to speak to anybody. But we have a very good relationship and I am sure we will say hello before the game on Sunday. “This weekend we will be enemies because we both want to win the game. But I have respect for him. “He was very good with me when I was at Espanyol and he was at Real Madrid. He is not a close friend but I have a very good relationship with him.” Dele Alli is suspended for Spurs but Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele return after they were rested for Thursday’s 1-0 Europa League win over Qarabag in Baku. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino still expects Chelsea to challenge for the top four this season. But Pochettino is conscious Chelsea have had two more days to prepare for the clash against a Tottenham squad who only arrived back from a gruelling 5,000-mile round trip to Azerbaijan on Friday morning. “Chelsea have very good players and a great manager,” Pochettino said. “It’s always difficult to speak about another team because when you are outside that club you do not know what is going on and it is difficult to analyse. “Sometimes teams have bad results and that can change a very good team. But they have time to recover and come back still this season. “They also have extra days to prepare for our match. I am expecting a very tough game because they have very good players.” Tottenham won the corresponding fixture last season 5-3 on New Year’s Day – a result Pochettino admits gave his side the belief they were ready to mix it with the big boys. Mourinho did not speak to his opposite number after that match and, although Pochettino has a good relationship with the Chelsea chief, he will be hoping to get under his skin again on Sunday. “That match was very special,” the Argentinian said. “It was very important for us. It was an important time to believe in ourselves and for the young players. “For many players it was that belief that we can achieve important things. Now our mentality is that every time we play we need to show we have the quality to win every game. Press Associationlast_img read more