Editorial: Thank veterans with words and actions

first_imgAccording to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,  an average of 20 veterans commits suicide each day.Of those 20, according to a column by Rep. Thomas Suozzi, about 14 do not avail themselves to the counseling services provided by the Veterans Administration, either by choice or because they were dishonorably discharged or made too much money to qualify. In May, Suozzi introduced legislation in Congress that would provide free mental health counseling to all U.S. military veterans.The Mental Health Services for All Veterans Act would ensure that any veteran — whether they’re on active duty, discharged honorably or dishonorably or served in the National Guard or in the Military Reserves — is given full access to the help and treatment they need.Many of the mental health problems they have are related to their service, and they should be eligible for treatment — for their own sake and the public’s.Another bill, the Veteran Urgent Access to Mental Healthcare Act, would direct the VA to furnish soldiers with an initial mental health assessment and provide any mental health care services needed to treat urgent mental health needs, including risk of suicide or harming others.Another issue facing veterans is homelessness. In 2016, there were an estimated 39,470 homeless vets in the U.S. The mental stress from their service, drug use, brain injuries, a lack of social support and difficulties adjusting to civilian life are major contributors.The Legal Services for Homeless Veterans Act would greatly expand access to lawyers in civil legal cases, as many homeless veterans’ unmet needs are related to legal problems. Here in New York, the state Legislature is considering dozens of bills to help veterans, including bills for tax credits and exemptions, exemptions from rent increases, establishing peer support groups, providing greater access to public housing, and providing additional health and employment services.If we want to demonstrate our gratitude to our veterans, we can go up to them and personally thank them. We also can show them our gratitude by supporting legislation and programs that will give them the help they need and deserve.After all, they’ve earned it.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Editorial, OpinionAll Americans should be grateful for the sacrifices of our military veterans, and we should take today, Veterans Day, to tell them so.But saying we’re grateful isn’t enough.We must also help our returning soldiers with the challenges many face when they return to civilian life by supporting funding and legislation to help them address such problems as physical injuries, mental health issues and homelessness.last_img read more

Indonesia switches focus to Tokyo Olympics after ASEAN Para Games postponed due to coronavirus

first_imgThe budget is for a four-year training program that includes this summer’s Olympic Games and Paralympics in Tokyo, the 2021 SEA Games, the 2022 Asian Games and the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the Youth and Sports Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.”We’re expected to use Rp 99 billion for training camps of Olympics sports, while the Rp 44 billion is allocated for camps of sports featured at the 2022 Games, 2024 Olympics and 2021 SEA Games,” the statement read.The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) is set to receive a budget of Rp 18.6 billion for its camp, the Indonesian Weightlifting, Powerlifting and Bodybuilding Association (PABBSI) will receive Rp 10 billion and the Indonesian Volleyball Association (PBVSI) will receive Rp 3.2 billion.For the Paralympics, the government has allocated Rp 80 billion for training camps.“The [Rp 80 billion] budget is allocated for the [2020] Paralympics and ASEAN Para Games training camps.“However, due to the delay we prioritize the use of the budget for the Paralympics. Once the Philippines announces the new date of the 2020 Para Games, we will switch back to the former budget arrangement,” the ministry said. (nkn) Team Indonesia has reset its focus on this year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics after the ASEAN Para Games in the Philippines was postponed indefinitely over fears of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).The country, however, is prepared to return its attention to preparations for the Para Games once the Philippines announces a new date for the biennial event.Indonesia has allocated Rp 143.2 billion (US$10.4 million) to hold training camps for the Olympics, Asian Games and Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.  Topics :last_img read more

World Bank to roll out $160b emergency aid over 15 months

first_imgThe World Bank on Thursday approved the first steps in a plan to roll out US$160 billion in emergency aid over 15 months to help countries deal with the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.The board of the Washington-based development lender approved the first set of fast-track crisis projects, with an initial $1.9 billion going to 25 countries, and operations moving forward in another 40 nations, the bank said in a statement.”The goal of the World Bank in this crisis has been to take broad, fast action, that makes it most effective if we can have a broad response that helps individual countries but that helps the group as a whole,” World Bank President David Malpass told reporters. Read also: Bank Indonesia in talks with US, China on currency swaps”The poorest and most vulnerable countries will likely be hit the hardest, and our teams around the world remain focused on country-level and regional solutions to address the ongoing crisis.”India will be the largest beneficiary of the first wave of programs with a facility for $1 billion, followed by Pakistan with $200 million and Afghanistan with a little over $100 million, but funding is going to countries on nearly every continent, the bank said.Included in that $160 billion total is approximately $14 billion in debt repayments from 76 poor countries to other governments that the bank, along with the International Monetary Fund, has asked rich nations to suspend. Malpass told reporters the organizations are calling for “a standstill in their repayment expectations,” to begin May 1 and extend through June 2021.That “provides new financing to the poorest countries to meet healthcare needs and many of their other needs,” he said, adding that there appeared to be a willingness among G20 nation but each country would have to negotiate individually.Read also: Indonesia braces for recession, activates crisis protocolThe bank also is working to redeploy $1.7 billion of existing funding, including the use of “catastrophic deferred drawdowns,” a type of emergency credit line.In addition, the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation, is providing $8 billion in financing “to help private companies affected by the pandemic and preserve jobs.”The bank is helping countries to purchase medical supplies, train personnel, establish labs and isolation and treatment centers, as well as to help support the most vulnerable households.Topics :last_img read more

Australians want chemical plant moved after deadly Beirut blast

first_imgBy comparison, Australia’s Orica stores between 6,000 to 12,000 tons of ammonium nitrate (AN), on average, at its Kooragang Island plant in the port of Newcastle, the company said in a statement.The stockpile has led resident groups to campaign for the plant to be relocated, according to several local media reports.”It’s a totally inappropriate place to have such a dangerous material produced and stored, and it’s something we’ve been complaining about for many, many years,” chemical engineer and community campaigner Keith Craig told the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC).He is one of 300 residents in the Stockton Community Action Group campaigning for the Orica plant to be relocated, or its stockpiles to be significantly reduced, the ABC reported. In a statement, Orica said it followed all international standards and local regulations to ensure safety at every stage of the manufacturing supply chain.”AN storage areas are fire resistant and built exclusively from non-flammable materials,” Orica said.”…we take a rigorous, best-practice approach towards safety in the production, storage and transport of all our products.””You have to be extremely negligent with AN for it to explode,” it said. It said video footage of the Beirut explosion suggested fireworks had been stored close by. Some reports say a welder started a fire.”This cannot be compared to the responsible and heavily regulated production, storage and transport of AN by Orica and others in Australia,” Orica said. Some Australian residents of the city of Newcastle, 163 km (101 miles) north of Sydney, have called for a large ammonium nitrate plant, stockpiling up to four times the amount reportedly detonated in Lebanon, to be relocated.Lebanese authorities have blamed a huge stockpile of the highly explosive material stored for years in unsafe conditions at Beirut’s port for Tuesday’s explosion, which killed at least 145 people and injured more than 5,000.It is estimated about 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate were involved in the explosion.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal have closed the gap on Liverpool in four areas

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Mikel Arteta was delighted with his side’s performance (Picture: Sky Sports)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was buoyed by the manner of his side’s 2-1 win against Liverpool and says it would not have been possible when he took the job in December.The Gunners kept their Europa League hopes alive with a spirited victory against the Premier League champions, who lost for just the third time this season,Sadio Mane opened the scoring for Jurgen Klopp’s men but Arsenal capitalised on mistakes from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker in the first half to score first through Alexandre Lacazette and then through Reiss Nelson.The Gunners remain 40 points behind Liverpool but they showed the type of fight that many accused the club of lacking under Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger to see out the victory. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd, while Arteta admits his side do not possess the quality of Liverpool, he says they’ve closed the gap on Klopp’s men by equalling their energy, commitment, fight and accountability. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jul 2020 5:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Mikel Arteta claims Arsenal have closed the gap on Liverpool in four areas Advertisement Arsenal put in a spirited display (Picture: Getty)Asked about the scale of the job at Arsenal, Arteta said: ‘[It’s] Massive. You only need to look at the difference between the two teams today and the gap is enormous.‘But the gap in many areas we cannot improve it in two months but the gap between the accountability, the energy, the commitment and the fight of the two teams is equal and before it wasn’t like this and I am very proud of this. ‘The rest will take some time. But at least that we got it now and my message to the players is with that we can create something’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal will likely need six points from their final two fixtures to gain a place in the Europa League but the Gunners will fancy their chances.They face Aston Villa at Villa Park next week before taking on Watford at the Emirates on the final day of the season.The Hornets could be safe by that point should they beat fellow relegation rivals West Ham on Friday.MORE: Mikel Arteta sends message to Arsenal board and points out ‘big concern’ after Liverpool winlast_img read more

The Nest secures record sale for Brisbane’s west

first_img MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES The new home that rose from ‘meth house’ ashes The Queensland city climbing the global property rich list The Nest, at 59 Nestor Ave, Bardon, has just sold for a record price.An architect-designed house in Brisbane’s middle ring has sold for a jaw-dropping price in what is expected to be one of the biggest sales of the year.And it is nowhere near the river.The Courier Mail understands that The Nest in Bardon, which was designed by award-winning Brisbane architect Shaun Lockyer, has sold for just shy of $8 million. The house was listed with a price guide above $7 million.Place New Farm agent Heath Williams sold the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 59 Nestor Ave, Bardon in just 10 days, receiving three offers in the first week. Just one of those offers was below $7 million.When asked if he expected any more $7 million-plus sales before Christmas, Mr Williams said “yes, a very confident yes.”“Look at the level of people with that capacity,” he said. “In that first week, we found five to six people who were willing to spend in that price range in the western suburbs for the right property.”The Bardon sale comes less than two months after 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba set a new auction record for the river city when it sold for $8.4 million in September. That house has river frontage. One of multiple living zones at 59 Nestor Ave, Bardon.Mr Williams said he was now trying desperately to find similar properties.“I’m desperately trying to find property for the underbidders if you can call them that,” he said.“If I had three of these houses on the market I’d be selling them all.”There were seven private inspections of the 4240sq m subtropical estate.“The buyers bought it the day that they saw it last Thursday,” Mr Williams said.The contract was negotiated overnight, and went unconditional the next day.CoreLogic property data shows the sale has set a new record for the inner-western Brisbane suburb of Bardon. The Nest at Bardon is bordered by alfresco entertaining areas.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“It’s a local family, one of those rare opportunities,” Mr Williams said. “They hadn’t been looking for a while.”The house was built over 18 months by a boutique Brisbane builder who moved in to the property in 2015.It features sandblasted concrete, spotted gum timber floors and floor-to-ceiling glass.There is a separate tennis court, sprawling lawn, pool and a firepit. Outdoor living at the Nest in Bardon.“The house certainly represented value, when you think about the land cost and the build cost, it was an incredible architectural home on a beautiful flat block of land with city views.”But the sale is far below the $16 million which Brisbane Broncos chairman Karl Morris is believed to have received for the off-market sale of his estate at 1 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson this year. The former home of Brisbane Broncos Chairman, Karl Morris at Tennyson.This is Mr Williams’ third sale since returning to the Brisbane property market after spending five years in Dubai and Sydney.In 2010 he sold the award-winning H House at 33a Harbour Rd, Hamilton to fitness queen Lorna Jane Clarkson for $10.3 million.last_img read more

Renter who won $6 million Palm Beach prize complex makes smart call

first_img There are five apartments in the newly built Palm Beach complex.The newly-built complex at 1453 Gold Coast Highway comprises five modern fully-furnished apartments, including a double storey penthouse with ocean views.“I was very stunned and stereotypically speechless,” said Mr Matthews, who missed several calls from the RSL after having worked a night shift. “I think I said ‘wow’ about 20 times.” Giant skate bowl home sells for millions The prize complex, front and centre, at 1453 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach.When Gold Coast horticulturalist Nick Matthews found out he had won an entire apartment complex in Palm Beach, the first thing he did, after saying ‘wow 20 times’ was surprisingly level headed. The 30-year-old received a phone call from the RSL Art Union in May to inform he had won the $6 million prize, and the first thing he did was seek financial advice, and has ultimately decided to sell the apartments. MORE: Conditions now best in history for first homebuyers Inside an Ibiza-inspired beach pad on the Gold Coast Renters Nick Matthews and his partner Tamesha celebrated with a week in the penthouse.That same night Mr Matthews searched online for a financial adviser who has since been helping him navigate the process of managing such a windfall. “That night I looked up lotto wins and read about the high percentage of people who waste it or lose it,” he said. “It really is an emotional rollercoaster, what you go through. I wanted someone with a steady head to keep me grounded and explain what it all means. MORE: Investor snaps up Gold Coast’s most affordable housecenter_img “I’ve never had $100,000 in my bank account let alone any larger amount so I didn’t know what that meant. “I want this to last me a lifetime, not just the next five years.” Each apartment comes fully furnished by professional interior stylers.Mr Matthews purchased his winning ticket on a whim after a planned cruise holiday was cancelled, leaving him with $100 cash to splash.“I don’t even know how I ended up on the RSL Art Union website,” he said. “I never normally buy lotto tickets or spend money on raffles.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Matthews and his partner Tamesha, who rent a modest townhouse in Willow Vale on the northern Gold Coast, spent a week lapping up the penthouse life. The penthouse suite enjoys oceans views.Featuring five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two living areas, the 261 sqm penthouse has been professionally styled to the tune of $160,000 and would rent for $104,000 per year. “It was hard to pull ourselves away, especially having stayed in the penthouse,” Mr Matthews said. “It was so lovely waking up and walking to the beach and the cafes, it’s all very enticing.” All five apartments are now on the market.But with family and friends on the northern Gold Coast and work in Brisbane, Mr Matthews made the difficult decision to sell. The couple plans to buy a home once the sale is settled and invest the rest. The entire building is for sale in an expressions of interest campaign led by Ray White agent Jackson Paradise, with a penthouse, sub-penthouse and three two-bedroom apartments on offer. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:56Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Spring property predictions 202002:57 ‘Like a theme park’: Mega trophy mansion opens its doors Offers flood in for Australia’s most popular houselast_img read more

Greensburg Chamber honors community members

first_imgFrom left: Jeff Emsweller, Mary Lou Davis, James Ogle & Paul PankGreensburg, In. — The Greensburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently recognized community members at their Annual Appreciation Banquet.Mary Lou Davis is the recipient of the “Don Horan Community Leader of the Year” award for her service to the community.James Ogle of Reclaim was named the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.The $1000 Small Business grant recipient was Top Notch Tool and Engineering, Inc. Co-owner Chris Bruns was there to receive the award.“The Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year” award was presented to Frank Thompson.last_img

Man with Knife Arrested Near White House for Threatening to Kill President Trump

first_imgA knife-wielding man was arrested outside the White House on Saturday, after he allegedly told a Secret Service officer that he was there to kill President Trump.According to reports, 25-year-old Roger Hedgpeth approached the officer and said he was there “assassinate” Trump, and that “I have a knife to do it with.”Police found a 3.5-inch knife in a sheath on the man’s left hip. He also had an empty pistol holster on his right hip.Officers took Hedgpeth into custody and brought him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.It is unclear whether he has an attorney.last_img

Red-hot GSA baseball team nears No. 1 seed in Class C North playoffs

first_img Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com.center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BLUE HILL — If there are any baseball teams in Maine on hotter streaks right now than George Stevens Academy, they aren’t very easy to find.Whether they’re winning via blowouts, tight games or anything in between, the Eagles have been beating every opponent they’ve faced on the baseball diamond as of late. Now, after going nearly a full month without a loss, GSA is the team everyone in the Class C North field will be chasing when the playoffs get started next week.GSA stretched its winning streak to double digits with recent wins over Mattanawcook Academy, Central, Bucksport and Dexter. The wins kept the Eagles undefeated in Class C play and put the team on the verge of the top spot in the regional playoffs for the third time in the past four seasons.“We want to obviously go into the playoffs on a high note, and it’s good that we’re managing to win games in a variety of ways,” said GSA head coach Dan Kane, whose team hasn’t lost since an 11-1 defeat May 1 at Ellsworth. “We’ve been able to score runs from the top of the order all the way down to the bottom of the order, and that means a lot.”GSA’s Garrett Parker pitches during the fifth inning of a baseball game against Bucksport on May 27 in Blue Hill. Parker pitched a complete-game shutout to give the Eagles their 10th straight win. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOn Thursday, GSA scored a season-high 19 runs to come away with a 19-1 victory over Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. Playing at home the following day, the Eagles outlasted a resilient Central squad 6-5 in a battle between two of Class C North’s top teams.GSA returned to action Monday and won its 10th straight game with a 4-0 home triumph over Bucksport (6-9) on Senior Day. The Memorial Day victory was the Eagles’ fourth shutout of the year thus far and gave the team a season sweep of the Golden Bucks, whom they defeated 12-2 earlier this month at Bucksport High School.GSA’s win over Bucksport was the product of sophomore pitcher Garrett Parker, who has excelled this year for the Eagles on the mound. Parker, who threw a complete game in the victory over the Golden Bucks, produced another notable victory earlier this month when he struck out 10 batters and allowed just three hits to give GSA revenge over a previously undefeated Ellsworth team.“I like it whenever I’m pitching in those close-game situations,” Parker said. “It makes you extra focused when you’re on the mound because the other team is right there with you.”The win over Bucksport was the first of three games in as many days for GSA, which will play on the road against Dexter (4-9) at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 28, before closing out its regular season slate against Deer Isle-Stonington (0-14) at that time Wednesday, May 29, in Deer Isle. For Kane and the Eagles, though, playing on a tight schedule is just the way they like it.“Baseball is a game that’s meant to be played every day,” Kane said. “When you win a game and know you get to come back out the next day and play again, that’s fun, and that’s what you want to be doing as a team. We’ve been in this situation before, and we generally come out of it pretty well.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)last_img read more